WHAT IS CHI ALPHA?
Is this a fraternity or sorority or..?
Chi Alpha is a community of college students who want to know Christ more. We're an official club at Sac State, not a fraternity or sorority–which means no membership fees, initiation rituals, or commitment requirements!
Why the Greek letters?
The name “Chi Alpha” comes from the Greek words christou apostoloi which translates to Christ’s ambassadors. The letters XA are pronounced "kai alfa."
Is Chi Alpha only at Sac State?
No, Chi Alpha is actually an international college ministry! We’re on over 300 college campuses and growing every year. Chi Alpha has been at Sacramento State University since 1994. You can learn more by visiting the National Chi Alpha website chialpha.com.
What’s the mission of Chi Alpha?
"We reconcile students to Christ to transform the university, the marketplace, and the world.”
We get our name and mission from 2 Corinthians 5:20 which says, "We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God." (NIV)
Is Chi Alpha associated with a church or denomination?
Chi Alpha is part of the Assemblies of God fellowship. However, our students come from many different denominations and backgrounds. Regardless of what you believe (or don’t believe for that matter), we welcome everyone to attend our meetings! For more about what we believe, scroll down to read our 16 fundamental beliefs.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
01 We believe the Bible is God’s message to us… so we seek to understand and obey its truth.
02 We believe there is one God who is three persons… so we yearn to know Him in all of His complexity and beauty.
03 We believe Jesus is fully God and fully human… so we rejoice that Christ can be a bridge between us and God.
04 We believe people, throughout history, have sinned against God… so we are too are marked by willful disobedience.
05 We believe God extends forgiveness to us through Christ… so we repent and rejoice in our forgiveness.
06 We believe God offers freedom from sin’s grasp… so we live lives that are pleasing to God.
07 We believe followers of Jesus must be empowered by the Holy Spirit… so we expect supernatural power in our lives.
08 We believe that God can heal both the body and the heart… so we pray with faith and hope.
09 We believe in baptism in the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues… so we pray that God would grant us this supernatural gift.
10 We believe in the Church…. so we live in this community of faith, inviting others to join us.
11 We believe God gives leaders as gifts to His Church…. so we serve those whom the Lord entrusts to us.
12 We believe God commands us to celebrate communion and baptism… so we practice these symbolic actions, reflecting on their significance.
13 We believe Jesus will return to claim His Church… so we live in expectancy of His coming.
14 We believe Christ will one day be seen clearly as King on earth…
so we live as citizens of His Kingdom now.
15 We believe God is the ultimate Judge… so we live knowing that our choices will echo through eternity.
16 We believe we will live with God forever… so we live with hope regardless of our circumstances.
MEET THE STAFF
Debora graduated from Sac State in 2018 with a degree in Communication Studies and joined the Sac Chi Alpha staff. She leads ladies’ Resource Group and our worship team. Fun facts: prior to living in Sacramento, Debora was born in Brazil and lived in Chicago. She speaks Portuguese and loves food. Debora is newly married to the one and only Austin Smith (July 2021).
Austin graduated from Sac State in 2018 with a degree in Maths and joined the Sac Chi Alpha staff. He leads guys' Resource (discipling our guys core group leaders), and is passionate about preaching, and teaching the Bible. He's also a pretty good rapper. Austin hails from Red Bluff, CA–more specifically Dairyville. (Where is that anyway?) Austin is newly & happily married to the wonderful Debora Peres-Smith. (July 2021)
Campus Missionary In Training (CMIT)
Surr graduated from Sac State in 2019 with his Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies. As a student in XA, God transformed his life and gave him a heart to reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you know Surr, you know he loves food & fun. You can find him playing spikeball, volleyball, going fishing, or paddle-boarding on the lake!
Hailey graduated from Sac State in 2019 and joined the Sac Chi Alpha as our intensive Campus Missionary in Training program. She is passionate about evangelism and discipling young women. Hailey also loves hiking on the regular and you can often find her kayaking or paddle boarding on the river. Basically, she’s super sporty and fun.
After being discipled on the college campus (in Ohio) as a student, Jimmy attended the University of Valley Forge (in PA) in 2011, where he prepared to enter full-time ministry. Jimmy responded to the call of God to move to Sacramento and work with Chi Alpha, sharing the love of Jesus with college students. He has served as director since 2015. Jimmy is happily married to the delightful Dina, and they have two sons named Judah and Asher! He loves burritos and cold brew coffee.