our STAFF

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • colleen Luley

    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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.