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who we are 

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, is an evangelical and interdenominational campus ministry. InterVarsity is active on more than 600 college and university campuses nationwide and Bruin Christian Fellowship is the UCLA chapter of InterVarsity.

InterVarsity—meaning between universities—traces its roots to a movement of British university students in the 1870s. The first InterVarsity chapter in the United States began in 1938 at the University of Michigan. Since InterVarsity was incorporated in 1941, thousands of students have become thoughtful representatives of God’s kingdom and have moved into leadership roles in churches, organizations, corporations and agencies around the world.

 

what we do 

InterVarsity Bruin Christian Fellowship is becoming an authentic community of witnesses led by the Holy Spirit to bring God’s love to every corner of UCLA. In short, we are a multi-ethnic community of students who are seeking to know the full life that Jesus offers. We offer small group communities throughout the dorms and apartments where we study the life of Jesus and the purposes of God, and challenge one another to put our faith into action.

 
 

WHAT WE BELIEVE IN

The only true God, the almighty Creator of all things,
existing eternally in three persons–
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–full of love and glory.

The unique divine inspiration,
entire trustworthiness
and authority of the Bible.

The value and dignity of all people:
created in God’s image to live in love and holiness,
but alienated from God and each other because of our sin and guilt,
and justly subject to God’s wrath.

Jesus Christ, fully human and fully divine,
who lived as a perfect example,
who assumed the judgment due sinners by dying in our place,
and who was bodily raised from the dead and ascended as Savior and Lord.

Justification by God’s grace to all who repent
and put their faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.

The indwelling presence and transforming power of the Holy Spirit,
who gives to all believers a new life and a new calling to obedient service.

The unity of all believers in Jesus Christ,
manifest in worshiping and witnessing churches
making disciples throughout the world.

The victorious reign and future personal return of Jesus Christ,
who will judge all people with justice and mercy,
giving over the unrepentant to eternal condemnation
but receiving the redeemed into eternal life.

To God be glory forever.

 

MEET THE STAFF

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LESLIE KEARSLEY - team leader

Leslie is the Team Leader of InterVarsity Bruin Christian Fellowship. She is the lead staff seeking God for reaching UCLA and primarily leads the staff and student Area Leaders Team. She also is a part-time at Santa Monica College hoping to see God start something new there. Leslie is married to her husband, Alex, and has one furbaby: a cat named Noodle. The Kearsleys love playing board games, listening to audio books, and watching movies together. Leslie is a Taiwanese and Indonesian American who loves spending time with friends and family and always looks for the chance to get boba or ice cream. Leslie graduated from UCLA in 2012 with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Global Studies. She's currently also enrolled at Fuller Seminary for a Masters in Theology and Ministry. 

Contact: leslie.kearsley@intervarsity.org

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Meljon salazar - Full time staff

A first-generation Filipino and proud Bruin (Class of 2013), Meljon serves on staff in the LA Area primarily here and at CSUN, mentoring students and interns, overseeing Black Campus Ministries, and leading spaces of musical worship. Having grown up in the 818, he currently serves as a worship leader for Westside Baptist Church in Santa Monica. He's passionate about anything UCLA sports, LA sports, and Jags football. Go Bruins!

Contact: meljon.salazar@intervarsity.org

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jasmine patel - Intern staff

Jasmine is an intern on staff with InterVarsity Bruin Christian Fellowship. She leads the Off-Campus, International Student, and South Asian ministries. Jasmine grew up in northern California and moved to southern California to attend UCLA. She graduated from UCLA in 2017 with a degree in Biology and a minor in Anthropology. She became a follower of Jesus during her first year at UCLA and has been sharing about His goodness with the people around her ever since then. Jasmine felt called to go on staff so she could continue to encourage students and help them see how deeply they are loved by God. She likes to spend time with friends, play basketball, skate on campus, go on adventures, and...sleep.

Contact: jasmine.patel@intervarsity.org

 

bless peter tsay - intern staff

Peter graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology and is on Intern Staff with InterVarsity Bruin Christian Fellowship. Although raised in San Diego, Peter considers himself an international student because he spent his formative years at an American high school in Taiwan where his family is originally from. Coming from an international student and Catholic background, Peter was able to find his own niche on campus during his undergraduate years at UCLA as a Resident Assistant in the dormitories as well as a leader in InterVarsity. He is currently the Area Leader for Hedrick and is excited for what God will be doing in the fellowship this school year. Playing basketball and video games are his favorite things to do in his free time, but his number one passion will always be talking about how God is moving in himself and in the people around him.

Contact: peter.tsay@intervarsity.org

alana freitas - intern staff

Alana is a first year intern staff at UCLA and an alumni of Chapman University in Orange, California. Alana oversees Denykstra, assists with worship, & disciples and empowers student leaders as they live out their faith on campus! When she is not working, Alana loves hiking, adventuring, eating on Sawtelle, & reading. She is also a published poet & is currently working on her second book of non-fiction essays.

Contact: alana.freitas@intervarsity.org