Ministry Leadership & Staff

Ministry Leadership

Ministry Leaders provide ministry for fellow students—using their energy and efforts in positive ways to give others a positive experience of faith in action. Leaders plan and execute programs that will contribute to the spiritual welfare of all Avila students through SERVICE, COMMUNITY, JUSTICE and SPIRITUALITY activities. 

The purpose of a ministry leader is to uphold given responsibilities so that all of the ministry needs are met. 

If you would like to be a Ministry Leader and serve on the Spirituality, Community, Service, Justice, or Music ministries, please stop by our offices on the first floor of Carondelet or e-mail To receive the weekly Office of Ministry, Spirituality & Action AKA OMSA Press weekly e-mail, you can also contact David Armstrong.  And for updates on what we’re doing, follow @AvilaMinistry on Twitter or like Avila Campus Ministries on Facebook. 

Ministry Staff

Dave Armstrong Portrait


David Armstrong, Director of University Mission & Ministry
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Dave has been in ministry to young people for more than 30 years including 23 years in Campus Ministry and 8 years as the Director of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. 

Dave holds a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Loyola University of New Orleans, and his undergraduate degree is in Religious Studies from Benedictine College.  Dave lives and raises his family in Prairie Village, KS with his wife Kelly.  
He is an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. 


Fr. Keith Branson, CPPS , Avila Chaplain

Fr. Keith has had a diverse career in music and ministry. As a musician, he has worked in many different churches, directing choirs of all ages, has taught music on several levels, and has presented organ recitals and workshops in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Indiana and Ohio, as well as having original compositions performed at the University of Kansas, the University of Nebraska, and Catholic Theological Union. Since becoming a Missionary of the Precious Blood and ordination as a Catholic priest in 2000, he has been a preacher, a spiritual director, a teacher, a college administrator, a pastor, and a chaplain. Now he is involved in Retreat and Renewal Ministry based at Precious Blood Center in Liberty, MO as well as serving as Chaplain at Avila University in Kansas City, MO. 

You can follow Fr. Keith and his blog:

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