Meet the Team

Newman Innovative Disciples

Newman Ministry Leadership

We Are Disciples Who Inspire Faith and Leadership.

Matt Zerrusen

Co-founder and Chief Innovative Discipleship Officer

As founder and president, Matt has helped Newman Ministry become a national leader in thinking outside the box. Inspired by the vision of Blessed John Henry Newman, Matt has worked to fulfill the idea of creating faith communities within the realm of the secular. He has dedicated his work to the re-energization of the Church through youth and young adults. He has been featured in a variety of publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Our Sunday Visitor, and is a regular guest on Sirius/XM radio.

Bill Zerrusen

Co-founder and Chief Blessings Officer

Inspired by the work at St. John's Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois, Matt and his father, Bill, decided they wanted to help campus ministry in a big way. In 2009 they started a non-profit called Newman Connection, which has connected almost 400,000 high school students to the campus ministry at their chosen college to date. In 2009 they also started a development company focused on bringing faith based student housing to campuses, similar to the Illinois model. To date that company has 5 total properties in 3 states and has housed over 5,000 students. Alongside of serving as Chief Blessings Officer, Bill is also the President/CEO of his family owned printing company, Three Z Printing. Bill lives in Teutopolis, IL, is married with 5 kids and has 7 grandchildren.

Newman Ministry Staff

United in Faith. Committed to Progress. Achieving Success.

We strive to make faith an essential part of student life by providing leadership services and innovative technology to campus ministries.

Cassie C.
Director, making friends + Outreach
Kathryn R.
Director, Inspired Giving
Paula L.
Counter of Blessings
Raul E.
Newman Coach
Sara P.
Cultivator of Connections
Whitney C.
People Engagement Specialist
Diana L.
Inspiring Content Creator
Jeremiah S.
Director, Telling Our Story
Greg L.
Director, Advancing Discipleship with Tech
Christine T.
Cultivator of Connections
Jennifer F.
Storyteller
AJ M.
Digital Story Designer

We’ve connected over
450,000 high school graduates
and are endorsed in over
100 dioceses.

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