We both grew up in Sioux Falls, SD. Zach graduated from the Catholic high school, O’Gorman and Meghan graduated from one of the public high schools, Washington- the same year- 2008. We both started college at South Dakota State University- Zach seeking a degree in music education and Meghan in biology/pre-med. We managed about an entire year without meeting each other until we became orientation leaders for SDSU’s New Student Orientation Program our sophomore years.
We started dating in February of 2010 and had a great time of getting to know each other, striving for holiness and gaining zeal for prayer and evangelization.
We got engaged on the Feast of the Assumption (August 15th) of 2011 and spent the next year preparing for our wedding, getting ready for graduation and interviewing for FOCUS! We finished up our degrees in May (Zach stuck with music education and Meghan ended up getting a degree in consumer affairs/event planning- hey, things change!).
Two weeks after graduation we got married on May 11, 2012. Two weeks after that we headed to Champaign, IL for our first New Staff Training with FOCUS. That summer we fundraised our salary, traveled across South Dakota and the country, found out we were pregnant and then moved to our first missionary assignment in Houston, TX. We’re still mentally recovering from that one.
We spent the next year in mission at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. While there we grew in our ability to carry out mission on the college campus and Meghan gave birth to our first-born daughter, Flannery Ellen.
Next we carried out our second assignment as a team director of the three and then four person team in Murray, KY at Murray State University for two years, where we had our second daughter, Harper Edel. Our first year there was the first year FOCUS has ever been on this campus, so it was a blank slate for us.
Now we’re living in Orlando, FL. Zach is carrying out his third assignment as a director of collegiate outreach, overseeing six campuses in the southeast region.
We love our jobs, our families and our lives and we ask for your prayers for our continued conversions.