Sammy D’Alecy was born and raised in Michigan and through God working in her life she found herself finishing her college education at Penn State University. She graduated from Penn State in 2018 with a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology.
Sammy grew up in the church and her faith was an essential part of her upbringing. From a young age she took ownership of her faith and chose to be baptized in 2004. After her freshman year of high school her family moved south to Kentucky for two years and Tennessee for one. While living in the South she was baptized in the Holy Spirit and a completely new and exciting aspect of Christianity opened up to her. Throughout high school Sammy fell in love with history and soon found a passion for archaeology. Wanting to marry both her faith and her passions Sammy went to Lycoming College to pursue biblical archaeology. While there, however, she fell into the trap that most Christian college freshman find and became complacent in her walk with God. For the next two years a combination of events would break her down so to the point where all she felt was shame and brokenness. After taking some time away from school, God led Sammy to apply to Penn State University. A month into her time at Penn State she connected with Victory Christian Fellowship. Within the first semester of her time in VCF God had brought amazing restoration to her life. For the next two years she served as a student officer for VCF.
Today Sammy is responding to God’s call on her life and ministering through the same campus ministry that was there for her. She is excited to see hearts changed for the kingdom and revival ushered into Happy Valley, a place this Michigander now lovingly calls home.
Noah grew up outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating high school he earned a Bachelors of Science in Energy Engineering with a minor in Environmental Engineering at Penn State University.
As a child Noah was a regular at his family's church. He grew up learning about Bible stories and hearing scripture, but he never developed a relationship with Jesus. A foundation was laid for him but he never took the next step for himself. Eventually he took a step back from the church and focused on pursuing a perfect life. His focus turned to earning highest honors in academics, perfecting his stroke for the swim team, holding high ranking positions in various school functions , and achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. The catch was that for each accomplishment checked off of his list he became more and more empty because there was nothing left to work for. Eventually everything seemed in vain and he spiraled into exhaustion and depression. On the brink of ending his own life he had a radical encounter with the Lord that changed his life forever. This encounter was about a month before he started college. A fresh start in life was everything that Noah needed to solidify his relationship with God.
At Penn State Beaver, the satellite campus Noah attended, an established ministry in its infant stages fell into his lap. Being a brand new Christian he was charged with running a ministry. This proved to be one of the most formative times in his walk with the Lord. Noah learned that even though he did not have a deep theological background his obedience to God's call is all it took to see dramatic change in people's lives. Years later after growing in his faith with the help of strong leaders, a community of believers, and the ministry of VCF, God has called Noah to campus ministry. Noah is so excited to see redemption and life change for people who were caught in the same trap that he was caught in for so many years.
Jeremy was born and raised in State College. He graduated from State College High School in 2009 and afterward attended Penn State main campus for a year. Jeremy fell into the same trap that we are working so hard to rescue students from today and ultimately dropped out of Penn State because of his involvement with drugs and alcohol. As a result of the decisions he made the Lord brought him through some trials and tribulations. In 2015 Jeremy hit rock bottom. At that point in his life he realized that to move forward he could not do it alone. He needed the Father’s help. With the help of His father and mentors Jeremy rededicated his life to Christ. In 2018, Jeremy began working at St. Joseph Institute of Rehabilitation where he lead a bible study and preached every Sunday. Working at St. Joseph’s allowed him to share his experience as well as demonstrate in his own life how God will meet you wherever you are. Jeremy’s life is a testimony to how God’s love is unconditional and all encompassing.
Working at the rehabilitation center as a spiritual leader opened Jeremy’s eyes to the reality that the eternal impact of ministering to people is the most rewarding job he could ever have. With this new revelation God provided an opportunity for him to join Victory staff at the end of the Spring 2019 semester. He is currently working hard to be able to transition into working full time alongside Sammy and Noah to further God’s Kingdom at Penn State. Jeremy has no doubt that he is called to full time ministry and he is excited to hit the ground running at Penn State.