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Ministry Leadership

Ministry Leaders

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 Julie at  And for updates on what we're doing, follow @AvilaMinistry on Twitter or like Avila Campus Ministries on Facebook.

Ministry Staff

  • Dave Armstrong, CSJA

    Director of University Mission and Ministry
    Office: Carondelet, 104
    Phone: 816.501.2423

    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.


    He 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
    Office: n/a
    Phone: n/a

    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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Campus Ministry Performance Grants


Campus Ministry Performance Grants are offered to incoming freshman and transfer students who have been actively involved in: 

• church or school ministries, such as youth group, campus ministry, social justice club, service club, etc.
• service and community engagement, such as participation in service trips or local service projects
• leadership positions at school 

and would like to further those skills in the context of campus ministries at Avila. Those who qualify for a ministry performance grant and are encouraged to apply!

Grants for up to $1,000 a year are renewable with the recommendation of the Avila Campus Ministry staff.

Click here to apply for a Campus Ministry Performance Grant!

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