This community is led and maintained by full-time staff who give their lives to the task of journeying with students on this campus to discover and build a deeper relationship with Jesus. 

When school is in session, we have a group of student leaders who have committed to serving this community in a more hands-on way. They lead our Community Groups, student Music Team, volunteer massive amounts of time to help our Grow Trips & Initiatives, and are responsible for spearheading many of our other events.


Daylen Brandes - senior campus minister

Email: dbrandes@digdeeper.org

My wife (Nadine Brandes) and I are proud alumni of both UCM and the Christian Campus House! And we couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of the Warrensburg community investing in the college students yet again. I officially joined the CCH team in June 2016 and was a full-time intern from years past (2011-2013). My personal faith journey is unique and I can't express how patient God has been with me (and still is). I have a huge love for the Lord and am living my dream by being a part of this ministry. I am blessed to say that I am following the call God has given to authentically invest my life in others.

Rico Jordan - associate campus minister

Email: ricojordan@gmail.com

My wife, Meagan, our dog Toula, and I are extremely excited to be a part of the Christian Campus House family. Our journey began here as freshmen at UCM in 2008 and CCH has been a place of much growth, love, and comfort since then. I transferred out of UCM in 2010 to Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO to get my bachelors in Christian Ministry Studies and minor in Theology. I have a great love for preaching God’s word, building meaningful relationships, and pointing young adults to Jesus. Outside of ministry, I enjoy playing board games, tennis, cooking, singing, and dancing. I has been a great honor getting to be a part of God’s story here in Warrensburg.

Rico is not currently fully funded... If you are interested in helping financially support Rico in his role at the Christian Campus House, you may choose to either designate funds to him by mail or through our online giving portal.

Katie Danforth - women's intern

Email: k.danforth4@gmail.com

I am an alumni of UCM & the Christian Campus House. It was during my time as a student that the Lord sparked my interest for college ministry. I do what I do at the Christian Campus House because as a student I experienced an authentic community that opened it's arms to who I am. Not just surface level me, but the deep hurts and the abounding joys that made me, me. The Lord used the CCH community to breathe life into who I am in Him and the wonderful gifts He put in me. I do what I do at the Christian Campus House because doing life with God is the greatest adventure I have stepped into. & I want college students to experience how cool God is & the beauty of redemption that He can bring into our brokenness.
Katie is not currently fully funded... If you are interested in helping financially support Katie in her role at the Christian Campus House, you may choose to either designate funds to her by mail or through our online giving portal.

Virginia Sackett - financial secretary

Email: sackettvirginia@gmail.com

I enjoy quilting, reading, cooking, and ministering with my husband in a small rural church. I became aware of the Christian Campus House ministry through a granddaughter’s involvement while she was at UCM.  I was excited to have the opportunity to become a part of the ministry as a Financial Secretary in June 2016.  It allows me to do two things I love, crunch numbers and witness the spiritual growth of the students as they strengthen their walk with Jesus through their involvement at CCH. 

Student Leaders

Michaela Smith

  Hello! My name is Michaela (spelt the right way). I am a Child and Family Development major, graduating in May of 2019! I hope to be a Children’s Ministry Director within a church where God leads me to be. I love tacos, positivity, sarcasm and worship! I joined CCH last semester and instantly felt at home! Everyone here has quickly become family and I am so excited to see how God grows us this semester!


Kayla Bryant

Hey! I'm Kayla and I am a Senior double-majoring in Interior Design and Spanish. I love CCH's community, am a Community Group leader, am the president of UCM's Interior Design Student Association, and am the Student Representative for the Midwest Chapter of a national Interior Design organization. I love being with and encouraging others, absolutely love chocolate, love volleyball, love Spanish music, and enjoy anything outside, even if my allergies don't. I am SO EXCITED for what this year holds and can't wait to see CCH grow!

Austin Bechler

Hey! My name is Austin Bechler, I am 20 years old and this is my 2nd year as a leader for the men's group at the Christian Campus House. I am currently stationed at Whiteman Airforce Base and have found a second home here at CCH. Last year's group was filled with great conversation, support, and spiritual growth. My co-leader, Ryan Smith, and I are ecstatic about this coming year! We hope to exponentially grow our group and look forward to meeting, growing, and welcoming you to a part of this big family!

Ryan Smith

My name is Ryan Smith, I’m a Junior at UCM studying Digital Media Production with a minor in Entrepreneurship. I came to know Christ at a very young age, and renewed my faith once I found this amazing community at CCH. I love movies, I’m a vinyl junkie, and I’m looking forward to a great year of bible study and fellowship together.

Mikayla Cowan

My name is Mikayla Cowan, but often I'm called Miki, like Mickey Mouse. My plan is to graduate in December of 2019 with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and a minor in International Studies. I love to travel, read, and rock climb. God is doing amazing things, and I can't wait to see what He does this year!!

Anna Distefano

Hi! My name is Anna Distefano. I am a Sophomore & am studying Child and Family Development. I love giraffes and I love CCH! This has become my home away from home for the past 2 years and I don't know what I'd do without this ministry. I have a huge heart for children. My biggest goal in life is to grow closer to Jesus no matter where I am in life.

Eli Phillips

Check back for a Bio soon!

Zoe Hoopingarner

My name is Zoe Hoopingarner! I am sophomore this year, studying Elementary Education. I am going to be leading the Music Team at CCH this year and I am very excited! I love reading and music, and I am very excited to see God’s plan for us this coming year!