My name’s LJ and I’m a 1st-year Christ in the City missionary from Mapandan, Pangasinan, Philippines and Virginia Beach, VA.

What brought me to Christ in the City

I knew that after undergrad I wanted to work in organized mission life before moving on to medical school and eventually the work force. I recognize the need for missionaries to serve people who experience both physical poverty and spiritual poverty. I want to thank my brother Tyler for introducing me to this ministry and of course Our Father for guiding me throughout the way.

What I’m looking forward to

I’m looking forward to living in community and being formed. I’m very excited to meet and grow with my fellow missionaries and serve alongside them. I am also very excited to be intellectually formed beyond belief because I seriously do not know what I will be learning.

A bit about me

I am definitely the most extroverted person you could ever meet. My patrons are Saint Joseph and Saint Jude. I will cook for you and I will ask you to play basketball.


everyone deserves
to be known & loved

If you join me in the mission as a monthly supporter, you will also become part of Known & Loved, Christ in the City’s monthly giving community! We are so grateful for our monthly supporters and their consistent generosity which makes it possible for us missionaries to be formed and reach out the homeless all year-long.

Watch Zach’s testimony below to hear what it means to him to be Known & Loved.