Tim and Lesa Petty have served on staff at the University of Arkansas Chi Alpha since Fall 1999. Tim helped establish the Chi Alpha (XA) group at Arkansas Tech and also spent a year working with the student-led Chi Alpha group at UA Fort Smith.
Tim graduated from Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management. Later, he completed a Masters in Business Administration and is an Ordained Minister with the Assemblies of God. While working in the Health Care profession, Tim served Chi Alpha as marketplace staff, & began working full time as the International Student Pastor for Chi Alpha in 2006. Tim naturally migrates to International Students, and has friends from all over the world. For the last 6 years, Tim and Lesa have traveled to Bolivia, South America with Chi Alpha to launch Chi Alpha there.
Before meeting Tim, Lesa taught in a private Christian school and led several singles groups. She is a Licensed Minister with the Assemblies of God, worked for 12 years as a Customer Satisfaction Supervisor at Tyson Foods World Headquarters, and now ministers full time alongside Tim in Chi Alpha. She is the director of Free Food Friday outreach ministry and a mentor of pastors’ wives, student leaders, and interns from all over the nation. Lesa has also been a keynote speaker at several ladies ministry groups.
Their son Matthew was born on July 4th, 2004; he loves soccer, baseball, basketball and science. The Pettys reside in Springdale, AR. and are candidates for National Missions Appointment with Chi Alpha; currently raising monthly faith-based support to return to their mission field.