Kayla Smith

New Life Student Fellowship, Pennsylvania
Collegiate/University Missionary
State College Pennsylvania
New Life Student Fellowship
December 9
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About My Family

I am ministering to college students at Penn State University, where I myself attended and graduated in 2017. I became a Christian halfway through college after reading the New Testament and soon after got involved in New Life ministry. Having a burdened heart for my lost peers around me and having grown so quickly myself with the help of those who discipled me in New Life, I was thrilled when a year later God called me to stay and serve with this ministry after I graduated.

I love food of all kinds and enjoy exploring new international cuisines. I love learning—especially about God’s Word and other cultures. Comedy has always been my favorite genre to watch and create, and I love making people laugh and laughing with them!

About My Ministry

New Life Student Fellowship is a Baptist collegiate ministry and has been at Penn State’s campus for almost 30 years with a vision of making whole-life disciples.

Penn State has a population of more than 46,000 and is considered to be an unreached campus with only about 1,500 students involved in a ministry. This is why we look for students who aren’t even necessarily looking for us, and we strive to help them grow in their love for God and for all people.

We seek to present our students mature in Christ so they may be intentional lights in their communities, and we seek to send them off equipped to minister and serve wherever God calls them after their time in college.


Pray for wisdom for our staff in ministering alongside our students and helping to foster the strengths God has blessed them with in order to serve their communities well. Pray for the support raising efforts of our staff. Pray that the students would be passionate about being lifelong disciples making disciples.


I’m trusting God to continue to develop a team of ministry partners who will support me and this ministry through prayer or financial aid. Having not grown up in a church, these are areas in which I always welcome participation. Prayer is the foundation of my work here. I’m grateful for all God has provided so far and for those who have already come alongside in the work He has called me to on this campus!
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