[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="393" img_size="300x300" alignment="center" style="vc_box_circle" title="Joel Aponte"][vc_column_text]Joel.Aponte@cru.orgJoel Graduated from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2012 with a Bachelors Degree in Information Systems as well as an Associates Degree in Computer Science in 2009. He serves at campuses in the Urban region of Jersey. Discipleship is what fuels his passion, desiring to see young men live godly lives and fall in love with the Savior. Committed to New Jersey where he has spent most of his life, he wants all of his energy to be spent seeing students firmly built in the faith and transformed to live radical lives in pursuit of God's kingdom. Joel is also a music lover and comic book nerd who loves hearing how God works in people's lives.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="3263" img_size="300x300" alignment="center" style="vc_box_circle" title="Nathan Liu"][vc_column_text]Nathan.Liu@cru.orgNathan is a graduate of Rutgers University where he attended Cru ‘s Chinese Christian Fellowship. After a short career in the IT field, he answered God’s calling to full-time ministry and attended Cairn University’s school of divinity while also interning at a local church. After graduating from seminary and completing his internship, he made a decision to change the direction of his ministry and join staff with Cru and the Jersey Metro team in 2016. He has a heart for college students and for New Jersey, so Cru is a perfect place for him to join like-minded servants to reach students for Christ.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="2980" img_size="300x300" alignment="center" style="vc_box_circle" title="Lydia Paluk"][vc_column_text]Lydia.Paluk@cru.orgLydia was first introduced to Cru through the Jersey Metro fellowship dinner in the spring of 2011. When the team described how they reach the state for Jesus, she felt the Lord's call on her life to join the staff, which she did summer of 2012. Ever since, she has been part of the Jersey Metro team as Part Time Field Staff. The other half of her time she gives private music lessons which she also considers her ministry. She married Kevin Paluk in 2015, who supports her in every way. Kevin is also a musician and he works in technology. Lydia is honored to be part of the Jersey Metro team, which feels like a family, and blessed to be part of the mission to reach New Jersey for Christ![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="925" img_size="300x300" alignment="center" style="vc_box_circle" title="Mark & Jocelyn Scott"][vc_column_text]Mark.Scott@cru.org | Jocelyn.Scott@cru.orgMark and Jocelyn graduated from Rutgers University; Mark with a Journalism and Mass Media degree, and Jocelyn with an English degree. They have served on Cru staff since 1999, and are currently working on campuses in North Jersey, with Mark's main role as the male state director of the Jersey Metro ministry. They have three wonderful kids: Joy, Will and Jack.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="3490" img_size="300x300" alignment="center" style="vc_box_circle" title="Alex Simpson"][vc_column_text]Alex.Simpson@cru.orgAlex Simpson graduated from Stockton University with Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Elementary Education. After a year of hearing God whisper to her, she finally answered His call to begin full-time ministry after going to Winter Conference in December 2014. She will now be on a mission for Jesus in Jersey. Alex loves building others up in prayer and knowledge of the Holy Spirit. She also loves teaching people what she has learned and making goodies for her students. When she can, she loves to pluck out some awesome new tunes on her ukulele and guitar![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="618" img_size="300x300" alignment="center" style="vc_box_circle" title="Joey & Jenn Sforza"][vc_column_text]

Joey.Sforza@cru.org | Jenn.Sforza@cru.orgAlthough they were raised less than one mile apart, Joey and Jenn's paths did not collide until sophomore year in high school, where they met one another through mutual friends and the humble "Bible Club." After engaging years of unhurried pursuit, Joey finally and decisively asked Jenn to be his lifetime bride. Without reservation, she surrendered to his irresistible charm and Biblical manhood. He, of course, was overjoyed and anticipatory for May 29, 2010, when they entered into matrimonial rest. Throughout their relationship, the Lord dropped several hints (both subtle and deafening) confirming their joint, full-time call to college missions with Cru. Passionate about evangelism and discipleship, they've been serving on several campuses with Jersey Metro since 2010! They have two beautiful, active sons, Gianluca and Gabriel! Joey & Jenn's ministry blog: www.SforzaGrams.com 

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After being a teacher for a few years, Nicole sensed God calling her out of teaching professionally and into something different. After continuing to pray for God's will, in the spring of 2015, Nicole received a prayer letter from her friend and now fellow staff member Lydia. After once again praying for God’s direction, Nicole decided to apply for a position with Cru. And…here she is! God sent her and blessed her with the privilege of helping to launch a Cru movement at Ocean County College in Toms River this past January, and she is now also helping to serve on two other campuses - Rowan College at Burlington County and Camden County Cru. In her spare time, Nicole also loves writing - especially devotionals - and she's written a few books! Most of all, she loves "dancing" with Jesus and hopes that through her "dancing" others may see the joy, hope, and freedom only He can bring.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="643" img_size="300x300" alignment="center" style="vc_box_circle" title="Tommy & Karen Waters"][vc_column_text]Tommy.Waters@cru.org | Karen.Waters@cru.orgTommy graduated from James Madison University in 2004 with a degree in Media Arts and Design and a concentration in Digital Video. He joined Cru staff in 2004. Karen (born and raised in NJ) graduated from Rutgers University in 2006 with a degree in Psychology. After graduating, she joined staff in 2007. Currently they work at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Monmouth University and Raritan Valley Community College and in the past have worked at several more of our NJ campuses.  Tommy is in charge of Operations and Karen is in the role of Leadership Development for the Jersey Metro Team.  Tommy has given leadership and direction our monthly state-wide meeting Jersey Cru and both Karen and Tommy say it's one of their favorite parts of ministry! They also are really passionate about sending students to summer projects and have enjoyed spending their summers in New Hampshire directing the Hampton Beach Summer Project![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]