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About Chi Alpha (XA)

Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship is an active student ministry at the University of Idaho!  We are committed to making Jesus known and to transforming the campus, marketplace and the world by making disciples who make disciples!  
We are a group of U of I students from diverse backgrounds – some of us are Christians, while others of us are just getting to know who God is for the first time. Everyone is welcome, if you are seeking or already believe.

Why are we called Chi Alpha?

Despite our name, we’re not a fraternity or a sorority.  We get our name from 
2 Corinthians 5:20 – it 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.
In Greek, “Christ’s Ambassadors” is christou apostoli.  Our name is an acrostic using the first letters of christou (chi) and apostoloi (alpha).  The Greek letters Chi (X) and Alpha (A) are the initials of this phrase, which reminds us that we should live as representatives of Jesus.  Chi Alpha Campus Ministries exist on over 300 campuses around the United States – to learn more about Chi Alpha USA click here.

What do we believe?

To view our national Chi Alpha statement of faith, click here!

What is our vision?

Our vision is to be a community that emulates the early church as it is described in Acts 2:42-47:  “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.  All the believers were together and had everything in common.  They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.  Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
Chi Alpha is more than just a mid-week service on campus.  We are a community of believers who are on a journey with Jesus, doing our best to figure out how to represent Christ in class, be His presence in the dorms, and live with a hope-inducing witness to the rest of campus.  We aren’t perfect, but we look to the Spirit to help us embody five focuses of the Christian life:  discipleship, worship, fellowship, prayer and mission.  So if you’re looking for a Christian group at the University of Idaho, we’d love to meet you and include you in our weekly rhythms.

Wednesday Night Fellowship

Every Wednesday @ 7pm – Borah Theater/Pitman Center

(Due to COVID-19, we are currently meeting online! Contact us for the link!)
This is our large group gathering, it’s like church for college students at the University of Idaho!  We worship, eat, and listen to a message from the Bible.  Everyone is welcome!  Located in the Borah Theater on the second floor of the Pitman Center (building across from Starbucks on campus).

Life Groups

Mondays and Tuesdays – Various Locations throughout campus
(August through May)
(Due to COVID-19, we are meeting over Zoom! Contact us to get in touch with a facilitator.)
Life Groups are the “bread & butter” of our ministry.  We believe that following Jesus should not happen without friends to journey with!  You do not have to be a Christian to join, just interested in exploring God with some neat guys or gals.  For many, their deepest friendships come out of these groups – don’t miss out getting involved with one, and experience life-on-life discipleship.
Please Contact us if you are interested in getting involved in a Life Group!  

Our Core Values

What are core values? Core values describe the attitudes that we seek to embody as a staff and student community.  A church’s core values shape the culture of a particular community – it’s a concise way to describe what we are about and what is important to us!

The Mission of Chi Alpha (XA):

To produce lifelong followers of Jesus who intentionally make disciples who make disciples so that we can transform the university, the marketplace & the world.

Our Core Values:

“We live out our mission as Chi Alpha at the University of Idaho by being…”
  • Communal
    • We live out our mission together by spending time together and doing life together. We strive to be relational, invitational, vulnerable, and hospitable in the way we operate as a community. We live our lives out together in life-groups, one-on-ones, and our weekly worship gathering (WNF).
  • Intentional
    • We do not do life and relationships on auto-pilot. We live with a sense of being “on-mission” with Jesus by doing everything with purpose. Some of the ways we do this are through intentional discipleship relationships (one-on-ones & life groups) as well as living with our spiritual eyes open among nonbelievers.
  • Sacrificial
    • We fight for people in a way that costs us something – our time, our energy, our resources and our life. We live out Mark 8:34-35, especially in our evangelism.
  • Thinking
    • We do not settle for easy answers or a surface reading of scripture. We use our minds to understand God’s Word deeply, because it is a complex book and we want to live in a way where scripture transforms people’s lives.
  • Spirit-Empowered
    • We do things with the Holy Spirit’s power and inspiration, not just by our ideas, preparation and strength.  We also seek the Spirit’s presence in it’s unique and various forms as it appears in the New Testament to ignite our life of evangelism and worship.
  • Unassuming
    • We try not to assume where people are at in their faith. We create a culture of understanding by using every-day language and explaining what we mean when we do use Christian words. We to aim present the Gospel in ways nonbelievers will understand and want to be sensitive to wherever people are at with Jesus.
  • Incarnational
    • We reach people through the existing structures in our lives and community. We don’t rely heavily on “big church events” because we believe that students most often respond to fun & friendships that happens in smaller authentic (“spontaneous”) relational settings over large church events.  As Christ came and made his dwelling among us, we seek to live our lives of faith “where the people are” -in the dorms, in the Commons, in class, and wherever else we would normally be.
  • Responsible
    • We are a community of people that take responsibility for the various aspects of our lives. We take responsibility for our lives with God by having real devotional lives. We take responsibility for our grades and academics by managing our time well. We believe God does not want a generation of excuse-makers but people who are willing to do hard work and take responsibility for it.
  • Joyful
    • “Love and Laughter plow hard hearts” – we want to be all of the above values with a lightness of heart, remembering to laugh and have fun in the process.

Meet the Staff


Chi Alpha Director

Derek Seaberg

Hometown: Quincy, WA

Alma mater/Degree: Graduated from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA with a degree in Music in Education 

Favorite Things:  My wife of 10 years, Jessica, and my kids (3yr-old daughter Ravelle, 3-month old son, Clayton)!  I love 1-on-1 discipleship, the Seattle Seahawks, competitive sports, working in my vegetable garden, playing my bass trombone, watching a good action flick, excel sheets, good food, playing Ticket to Ride, lemon-poppy seed scones from Bucers, Americanos, buffalo sauce, hot wings & good burgers!  Oh…and anything my wife cooks! Knowing Christ is everything.

Why I love campus ministry:   My life was changed in college through a group of chi alpha guys who were committed to loving me and answering my questions about God.  I hope I can do the same for someone else!





Associate Staff

Corinne Reed

Hometown:  Shoreline, WA
Alma mater/Degree:  Graduated from Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA with a degree in Spanish & Latin American studies
Favorite Things:  Her husband, Christian, hanging out with people, coffee, having fun, thunderstorms & rain, hand-lettering and decorating, hosting get togethers, silliness, shopping and campus ministry!  I also really like bunnies & have a really cute one who has about 10 different names…just call him “Little Bunny” or “Thorin.”

Why I love campus ministry:  I love campus ministry because students are so open to the gospel and I truly believe that sending out student leaders in Christ can impact the whole world!







Associate Staff

Jessica Seaberg

Hometown:  Kirkland, WA

Alma mater/Degree: Graduated from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA with a BA in music (flute).

Favorite Things:  Hanging out with Derek & my sweet kids; cooking and serving good food to people, evangelism (I love being one of the first people to explain the gospel to someone!!), taking walks, lattes & baked goods, eating outside with friends, competitive sports and party games, & the Seahawks, singing, summer, working out, teaching the bible, & being a mom and campus missionary!

Why I love campus ministry:  I love being a part of the growth process in student’s lives and seeing people fall in love with scripture.  The Bible has something to say about everything!  I also looooove to teach and preach!



Associate Staff

Isaac Young

Hometown: Centralia, Washington
Alma Mater/Degree: Graduated from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA (BFA Graphic Design)
Favorite Things: Hanging out with friends, almost anything science fiction (Star Wars was my childhood haha), drawing, hiking, playing games, reading/telling a good story, technology, and my girlfriend Sarah, who’s pretty great!
Why I love campus ministry:  I love helping people get to know Jesus better.  Being in Chi Alpha showed me the power of Jesus-centered community and discipleship, and I love being able to be a part of helping others be changed by the same community that impacted me so much!

Associate Staff

Sarah Mittelstaedt

Hometown: Ferndale / Bellingham, WA
Alma Mater/Degree: Western Washington University – Creative Writing (Major) & Religious Studies (Minor)
Favorite Things: Hanging out with friends and family, good stories, writing/journaling, reading fantasy books, playing ultimate, enjoying excellent gluten-free baked goods, playing card games, learning new things and reading books that help answer significant questions, living in the same town as my boyfriend (long distance was rough), watching movies, coffee/tea, and dogs (specifically large dogs).
Why I love Campus Ministry: I get to introduce people to Jesus and help them to understand Him better! College is a formative time when we really start figuring out who we are and I love getting to walk through life with people in the midst of that process. It’s so fun!




Associate Staff

Jeremy Sexton

Hometown: Meridian, ID
Alma Mater/Degree: Graduated from University of Idaho (Go Vandals!) with a degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English and Math
Favorite Things: I love being married to my wife Dorothy! I also love people, laughter, people who are laughing, watching movies and TV shows, reading books, and writing (basically, I love stories). Naturally, I also love God. I love learning about Him by reading the Bible and learning about the story of restoration that God is telling.
Why I love campus ministry: I love campus ministry because college is a time where students are open to having their worldview expanded. I love the relationships that are built in college and want to be part of building that life-bringing community at U of I.



Associate Staff

Dorothy Sexton

Hometown: Moses Lake, WA
Alma Mater/Degree: Graduated from University of Idaho, Moscow, ID with degrees in Mathematics and Chemistry
Favorite Things: My husband, Jeremy, running, reading fantasy novels, cooking new meals, hiking, beautiful sunsets, the rolling Palouse hills, sipping warm tea, watching TV shows and movies, learning new things, and grabbing coffee with friends!
Why I love campus ministry: When I came to college, a group of girls befriended me and showed me who Jesus was in the way they loved me and answered my questions! God changed my life through them! I want to be a part of that for other people. I absolutely love one on one discussions and helping other people discover more about God!

Sundays at Venture Church on the Palouse

Services at 9:00 & 10:30am (currently online!)

Looking for a “Sunday” Church?  
We know that many students come from a tradition of attending a local church on Sundays.  There are lots of great local churches in Moscow!
The Chi Alpha staff and many Chi Alpha students attend Venture Church on the Palouse!
Our church has had a long history of supporting the ministry of Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship and the students at the University of Idaho!  Sometimes, college students can feel like their Sunday church is really “disconnected” to the rest of their week and world on campus.  Attending Venture in conjunction with Chi Alpha provides a unique opportunity for your Sunday community and your campus community to merge and relationships to overlap nicely.
We invite you to join us at Venture Church at 9:00 or 10:30am on Sundays!
To learn more about Venture Church on the Palouse, click here.
Venture Church on the Palouse is located at 417 S. Jackson Street – just a short walk from campus!
To get there from Theophilus Tower:
Walk on 6th street toward downtown.  Take a left into the alley immediately after the Moscow Ale House.  The church is the beige brick building next to the parking lot!  We are just a little further down from Jimmy Johns on Jackson Street!
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Fall & Winter Camp

Stay tuned for dates and registration links!

Other Conferences 

Northwest Student Institute of Campus Ministry
Discover the Nations
Stay tuned for dates and registration links!
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Devotional Life


Life Groups


Email: (Derek) (Corinne) (Jessica) (Jeremy) (Dorothy (Isaac) (Sarah)
Visit our office:
Our office is located above Domino’s Pizza at University Place Plaza on 6th street.
317 W. 6th Street Suite #206
Moscow, ID 83843

Mailing Address:

Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship
P.O. Box 8336
Moscow, ID 83843


We’d love to have a personal conversation over the phone with you!  In effort to protect the staff’s personal cell numbers, please message us via email or Facebook and we would love to then connect with you over a personal call!

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