Meet the Team!

One of our five pillars at Chi Alpha is Discipleship - intentionally mentoring others to follow Christ.  This includes worship and fellowship in a large community, through small groups, and via one-on-one discipleship.


Everyone on our team, which is comprised of full-time and part-time staff and student leaders, is excited to follow in the Master's (Jesus') footsteps in leading others closer to Him.  But more than that, each one is passionate to pursue the specific areas of growth that God has placed on his or her heart.  That being said, let's meet the team!

Meet our Staff


Derik Buescher

I am in my 15th year as the director of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries for the University of Wyoming. I am the father of Zane (8) and Truett (5), and the husband of Sonja for the past 13 years. I attended Chadron State College, and it was there where I got my first introduction to Chi Alpha. I transferred to North Central University (AG Bible College) and graduated with a pastoral studies and youth ministry degree. I love everything about college and get to enjoy most of its perks without the classes and homework. I live with the passion that if you can touch the university, you can change the world.


Sonja Buescher

I am married to Derik, the director of Chi Alpha, and we have two awesome boys, Zane and Truett. While taking care of those three is my full-time job, I assist Chi Alpha by supporting the staff team and doing behind-the-scenes work. My favorite thing about serving with Chi Alpha at UW is having the opportunity to meet and make friends with people from all around the world. I truly believe that from little Laramie, Wyoming, we, as Christ's ambassadors, can transform the university, the marketplace, and the world!


Joshua Ruckman

I am from Colorado Springs and I am currently studying Business Management online.  I am passionate for college students to encounter God in a genuine and transforming way as well as develop a meaningful and sustainable relationship with God.  I am excited to walk alongside my small group guys as they learn about, begin, and grow in their faith.


Alaenna Ruckman

I'm in my third year on staff with UW Chi Alpha! I grew up in Colorado Springs and came to UW to get my degree in Secondary English Education. The community I found in Chi Alpha was the highlight of my time in Laramie and it's a joy continue to see God change lives through XA. I love movies with meaning, ice cream, and missions!

Meet Our Student Leaders

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Sheridan Stewart

Hi! I’m Sheridan, this is my second year as a student leader for Chi Alpha and my fourth year at UW. I am super excited to help serve an organization whose purpose is to develop individuals into Christ’s ambassadors. By being Christ’s Ambassadors we can shine a light of love, hope, and truth into the campus and world!

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Heidi Solomon

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David Freeman