our STAFF

  • Andrew Luley

    Originally from St. Louis, I came to Columbia in 2007 to study business at Mizzou, graduating in 2010 with B.S. in Business Administration and Economics. Shortly after attending The Crossing the first time, I got involved on the music team. Since then I've spent most of my Sundays behind the drums, helping to lead the church in worship. It was my involvement in Sunday mornings that led me to work for Veritas, where I help direct the music team. I'm happily married to Colleen and we have two kids, James Rohan and Charlotte Rose. I have a passion for all things drumming and enjoy filling my free time with music, movies, and books.

  • Austin Conner : Pastor & Co-Director

    I love working with college students. God transformed my life at Mizzou, and I love that by His grace and power I get to play a part in transforming other students' lives. I was born and raised in St. Louis, graduated from Mizzou and have worked with Veritas since 2008. I received a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary in 2014 and am a pastor at The Crossing. My wife Polly and I have three kids who love life, but not sleep: Adelyn, Tyler, and Clayton. We love them dearly. I really enjoy reading and discussing good books, sports, and watching movies.

  • Alex Gray

    I grew up in St. Louis but have been in Columbia since coming to Mizzou in 2009 as a freshmen. In my first year of college, I became a Christian through Veritas. I continued to be involved in the ministry as a student leader and intern until 2015 when I joined the Veritas staff team. I am excited to be used by God in students’ lives and to participate in transforming students lives like I experienced through Veritas. I oversee women’s ministry, focusing on teaching and mentoring small group leaders. I hope to shepherd students in their relationship with Jesus and guide them toward a lifetime faith centered on Him.

  • Justin Derks

    I'm originally from King City, MO but have lived in Columbia since 2011. God redirected my life from the temptations of living in a fraternity house to desiring a personal relationship with Him. I'm eternally grateful for the ways God worked through Veritas to change my heart. I graduated from Mizzou in 2015 with a degree in Biochemistry and joined staff in 2016. I'm excited to be a part of what God is doing in the lives of greek students at Mizzou. 

  • colleen Luley: Co-Director

    Originally from St. Louis, I graduated from Mizzou with an English degree in 2009 and have called Columbia home ever since. After becoming a Christian in high school, I interned at The Crossing through college, where God significantly grew my relationship with Christ. I came on staff after college and am currently finishing up a master’s degree at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. I love college ministry because I love getting to see the way God transforms the lives of students. I married Andrew Luley in 2012 and we have two awesome kids, James Rohan (3) and Charlotte Rose (1).

  • Kyle Richter : Pastor & Co-Director

    I’m originally from Kansas City, but have called Columbia home for over ten years. While living in FarmHouse Fraternity at Mizzou, God used Veritas to significantly transform and change the trajectory of my life. Since then I’ve been passionate about helping college students know and love Jesus. I joined Veritas staff in 2008, graduated from Covenant Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity in 2015, and was ordained as a pastor at The Crossing in 2016.  My wife Noelle and I have two daughters, Lilly and Lucy, and a son Jack. 

  • NOelle Richter

    I'm here for a victory lap and I couldn't be more excited. After staying home full time with our 3 kids over the last 4 years, I'm delighted to be working with Veritas again. The Crossing has played a significant role in my faith and relationship with Jesus since my freshman year at Mizzou. After graduating, I joined Veritas staff and loved working alongside students throughout the very formative years in college. During those years I dated and married Kyle, and we started a family in 2012. I truly love being a mom to our three little ones: Lilly (3), Lucy (2), and Jack (9 months). I also love hosting people in our home, photography, traveling, cooking and curating menus.

  • Alex Moore

    Originally from Kansas City, I came to Columbia in 2012 to study Textile and Apparel Management and Business. Through my time at Mizzou, the Lord captured my heart through the Veritas Greek ministry's students and staff members. The summer after my freshman year, God used Japan to break me of a double life and bring me fully to himself. Little did I know, he also used that trip to later bring me to my husband, Daniel. College ministry has been on my heart for the past few years and I am delighted to have the opportunity to love on college students and learn more and more about Jesus with them and through their stories. I also love cooking, hiking, thrifting, planning trips, trying new things and a good dance party.

  • Sydney Strong

    I grew up in Columbia, and after graduating high school, I started my college career at Truman State University. As a lot of people do, I had a really hard beginning of college and ended up transferring to Mizzou after my first semester, which ended up being one of the biggest blessings in my life! Although I grew up in a Christian home, it wasn’t until my freshman year attending Veritas at Mizzou that the Gospel truly clicked for the first time. The Lord continued to use both The Crossing and Veritas to grow my faith and my love for Him and His people. After graduating in May of 2017 with a degree in Communication Science and Disorders, I interned for The Crossing’s student ministries where I worked primarily with developing college student leaders. I am excited for the opportunity to love and walk alongside college students, helping them to believe that Jesus is more and to live in light of the truth of what He has done for us!

  • emilee meurer

    Originally from outside of St. Louis, I came to Columbia to attend Mizzou’s Journalism School in 2014. While I became a Christian in high school, I still struggled with a lot of shame about my own brokenness and felt like I had to prove myself to be worthy of God’s love. I got plugged into a small group my first semester, and through some pretty raw community and the faithfulness of my small group leaders, I was gently brought back to grace. College ministry has been placed on my heart for a few years now, and I’m so excited to be able to walk alongside college students, invest in their lives and learn together about Jesus and His kingdom. In my free time, I love seeing movies, dance parties, taking pictures, and cooking. 


  • Jensen holt mcnair

    I came to Columbia from St. Louis in 2014 to begin my time at Mizzou.  I never intended to call Columbia home for longer than my four years, but here I am!  Over my time at Mizzou I got involved in Veritas as a student and then a student leader.  I saw the ways that the ministry and staff helped me to grow as I lead a small group, traveled to Japan for mission trips, and interned with Veritas.  I knew that Veritas had made a transformative impact on my life and I wanted to continue that work in the lives of the students who would get involved after me.  I came on staff January of 2018 and continue to live in Columbia with my husband Sam who is currently a medical student at The University of Missouri!