Chrissy Odean

Chrissy Odean

Growing up in a small town in Maryland, Chrissy had an interest in other cultures from a young age. Throughout high school and college, Chrissy was able to experience cross-cultural ministry in the Dominican Republic, India, London, and Senegal on short-term mission trips. God continued to confirm her calling to cross-cultural mission as she completed her B.A. degree in Cross-Cultural Studies at Nyack College.

In her final year of college, Chrissy began to look for an organization to partner with as she pursued longer-term missions. She remembered her experience as an intern with Serge in Southall, London, in 2008 and felt Serge's philosophy of ministry was a great fit. In September 2010, Chrissy moved to Bundibugyo, Uganda with Serge.

Over the next two and a half years, Chrissy served through a nutrition program, a sponsorship program for orphaned students at Christ School Bundibugyo, as a caseworker for pediatric patients, and through relational ministry. A diagnosis of thyroid cancer in 2011 kept Chrissy in the U.S. for some months but she was able to return to Bundibugyo with a new understanding of suffering and ministering out of weakness.

In June 2013, Chrissy returned to the U.S. where she is working in the Serge Serving Center in Jenkintown, Penn., as the Team Leader of Recruiting. Chrissy enjoys shepherding others through the process of discerning God's calling and entering into His Kingdom work of making all things new. In October 2016, she married Jon-Michael and they both love cooking for friends in their new West Philly home.

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