Staff MEMBERS

  • Director

    David Kissinger

  • Envelope  rene@mizzoubsu.org


    "I am from Chattanooga, TN and moved to Columbia for my husband, John, to be on church staff. We have been married for 38 years and have a daughter whose name is Jasmine. I was an avid backpacker for many years and had thought about becoming an archaeologist because of my love for history. I was fortunate to be raised in a family where God and church was a priority. My folks not only encouraged me to be a part of Bible studies, etc., but they made sure to provide the means for these things. I was discipled through Precept Ministries which gave me a strong foundation in how to study the Bible. I’m currently moving to a new stage of life where I’m getting ready to retire. God is emotionally and mentally preparing me to leave the BSU, which is harder than I thought it would be, but I’m excited for this next stage and how God will use us. I’m always working on my relationship with God - ensuring that it stays the focus of my life."

  • Associate Campus Missionary

    Rebecca bell

    Envelope  rebecca@mizzoubsu.org


    "I am from Blue Springs, MO. My immediate family is deaf and American Sign Language was my first language. I graduated from Mizzou in 2019 with a bachelor's in Human Development and Family Sciences and am currently a full time graduate student studying to become a mental health counselor. My freshman year of undergrad was spent at the University of Kansas and I transferred to Mizzou my sophomore year. I first came to the BSU in 2016 as a new Christian and was baptized at the BSU Fall Retreat that same year. In 2018, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. During that difficult period in my life, the BSU was a source of support, care, and a huge factor in why I am still following God today. I used to believe this diagnosis was a horrible thing, but I now see how God is using my experience to help other students navigate through similar struggles that I had."

  • ASSOCIATE CAMPUS MIssionary

    Tom Hubbard

    Envelope  tom@mizzoubsu.org


    "I am from all over, but I claim the great state of Wisconsin and its cheese-loving residents as my home state. I am married to my beautiful wife, Maria, and we are proud parents of a rambunctious golden retriever. I have been on staff with the BSU for a little over a year now and was involved here during my time at Mizzou. I grew up in a strong Christian home. My parents were actually in campus ministry themselves. When I came to Mizzou, however, I wanted nothing to do with my faith. I began living the typical 'college life' and didn't think I needed God. Thankfully, God stepped into my life in a powerful way after my first semester on campus. I decided I could not continue trying to live my life without the guidance, love, and grace of Jesus. Some fun facts about me are: I have a weird obsession with pandas, have played pickup basketball with an olympic medalist, traveled to four continents, and am always down for a milkshake."

  • Campus Ministry Intern

    Kirubel Mesfin

    Envelope  kirubel@mizzoubsu.org


    “I’ve spent my childhood in a lot of different places, including stints in Ethiopia, several stops in the Chicagoland area, and now Columbia. I have been on staff with the BSU for a little less than a year now and have been involved here during my very short time at Mizzou before transferring to an online christian academy where I am pursuing a degree in Christian Leadership. I am also engaged to my amazing fiancé, Aryana, and we are planning on getting married next summer! When I arrived at Mizzou, I lost my desire to pursue my faith. I lived a very chaotic and sinful freshman year before God came into my life through the BSU! I ended up getting baptized here shortly after and am now excited to help be a light to others the same way this place was a light to me at my worst. Some hobbies of mine include: basketball (really any sport except golf), camera work, and refreshing my phone for no reason.”