UWyo Chi Alpha
Chi Alpha Campus Ministries

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

Meet our Staff:

Meet our Leaders:

Emily Smith

I am from the little bitty town of Dubois, Wyoming. I am currently in my fifth year at UW studying Physical Education as well as pursuing my endorsements in Health Education and Adaptive PE. I am all about building community and meaningful relationships in small groups. I am also passionate about gaining a better understanding of God and growing in relationship with Him.

Holly Fertig

I am from Glendo, WY and am studying Construction Management.  I believe in instilling strong family values in college students through small group and ministry so they can lead and care for their future families and have healthy relationships.

Max Delzer

I am from Fairbanks, Alaska, but went to school at UAA. I got my undergrad in Legal Studies and am now studying Law at UW. I am passionate about helping transform men into leaders as well as discipling them to develop an authentic relationship with God. I highly value building a brotherhood between guys; fighting alongside and supporting one another through life.

Jessica Miller

I am from Sheridan, WY.  I completed my Bachelor's of Medical Laboratory Science at UW last summer and am currently working at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center while pursuing ministry through Chi Alpha.  One thing I am especially passionate about is building relationships with young women through community and discipleship.  I believe that everyone should have a home away from home community that strengthens and encourages their walk with the Lord.

Derik Buescher

I am in my 11th year as the director of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries for the University of Wyoming. I am the father of Zane (7) and Truett (4), and the husband of Sonja for the past 12 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 second 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.  I love movies with meaning, ice cream, and missions!

Heidi Solomon

I'm from Gillette, WY and am so excited to see what God does this year!  I taught junior high and high school math for three years before God called me into ministry with Chi Alpha.  Helping others grow in wholeness and healing, catch a heart for prayer, and be equipped to disciple others are some of my greatest passions!

Victoria Driskill

I'm from Wheatland, WY and am entering year two at UW. 
I am majoring in Business Management with a minor in Spanish.  I am passionate about seeking truth about who we are in Christ.

Noah Merideth

I was born and raised in Port Angeles Washington, and I am currently studying economics. I am passionate about giving people a better understand of Christ and wonder at just how great He is. I also want to give practical tools and knowledge to help others spread and minister the word of God.

Kaitlyn Sanford

I grew up in Miami, Oklahoma.  A few life changes and six moves later, I graduated from Kelly Walsh High School in Casper, WY.  I'm currently majoring in Music (possibly changing though).  I am really excited to be on leadership this year and to lead a small group and help others grow in the word of God like I have!  I'm also excited to see what God has in store for the growth of Chi Alpha and the people involved!

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