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Chi Alpha is a ministry that exists to reach college students, build them up in their faith and send them out to serve and make a difference in a world in great need.

Chi Alpha has groups on more than 300 campuses in the United States and around the world.


We're not a fraternity or sorority, but we use the Greek name to reflect the Apostle Paul's words in 2 Corinthians 5:20. The X (Chi) and A (Alpha) are abbreviations for 'Christ's ambassadors'.


We see that faith and thinking are intricately related. We are focused on empowering students and equipping them with leadership skills. We experience the supernatural. We value diversity and strive to be multicultural. We want students to make a difference for Christ in their community and all over the world.


Large Group

We meet on Wednesday nights at 7pm in Carolina Union room 3201 for a time of musical worship, fellowship, and teaching.

Life Groups

Student-leaders host small groups to study God's word and challenge one another to live authentic lives. Click the Life Groups Tab for more info about when and where!


We also host fellowship events, retreats, conferences, service projects, and mission trips both local and abroad.


Joe & Mishael Newell

Joe & Mishael Newell are the directors of Chi Alpha at UNC. They are beginning their sixth year in Chapel Hill after serving as missionaries overseas since 1995 & 1991 respectively. Prior to coming to UNC, they lived in South Africa, partnering with churches to reach children & youth while providing care for orphans impacted by the AIDS pandemic. They have two children—Josiah & Elijah. Joe & Mishael love to be outdoors hiking and working on the family’s land in Virginia.

David Lao

A UNC alumni, David found himself involved with Chi Alpha activities and officially joined staff in the fall of 2014. He is passionate about seeing the name of Jesus proclaimed and the kindgom of God expanding. David has a heart for helping international students get acclimated to the U.S., while sharing the story of Jesus along the way. Some of his hobbies include baking, cutting down expenses, and experimenting with various homemade products.

Chris Spargo

Chris Spargo is a 2013 graduate of UNC. This is Chris' fourth year on staff with XA, where he leads worship and teaches students about evangelism on campus. Chris has a passion for missions and general randomness. He spent part of his summer in India, and helped lead a Spring Break mission trip to Ethiopia in 2015.

Julie Rowland

Julie graduated from UNC in 2015 after studying Business and Communications. After graduation, Julie completed an internship with Chi Alpha at NC State, then made her way back to UNC to join their Chi Alpha staff team. She has a passion for disciple-making and administration. Julie will serve Chi Alpha at UNC with those passions by helping the Women's Lifegroup Leaders grow and develop, and helping keep the group organized. Julie enjoys celebrating growth with friends, Microsoft Excel, and hiking near water.