Who We Are


Matt Podszus

Matt and his wife Kori moved to Chicago in 2013 to launch a campus-movement with The Navigators. After launching and leading this work for 7 years, they sensed God leading them to begin a work dedicated to the unique challenges and opportunities present on the urban campus.

With over 20 years of campus ministry and leadership experience, Matt is energized to partner broadly in seeing the Gospel grow among the future leaders represented on urban campuses.

Design & Media Director

Jai Daniels

Jai grew up in South Carolina and is a graduate of the University of Chicago. She is a future doctor, but is currently Poema’s design and media director. She brings a truly artistic touch to her work and communicates in beautiful ways. She is also the advisor of a Black student fellowship at University of Chicago, bringing love and wisdom to this authentic and spiritually dynamic community.

What We Believe

Poema is an interdenominational campus ministry organization. We are not a church nor are we affiliated with a particular denomination.

More Info

If you would like more information about Poema and our work in the Chicago area, we would love to talk.

Board of Directors

The Poema Board

The Poema Board of Directors guides the vision and direction of our work. The board meets quarterly to plan strategically, maintain accountability within the organization, and actively seek to fulfill our calling. The board serves in staggered, 3-year terms.

Jamail Carter


Dr John Yoon

Vice President

Mark Pridgeon


Shayna Wildermuth


Becca Schaffer


Eyob Moges


In Collaboration With

Co-Creating Campus Movements

Poema works hand-in-hand with other ministries with the heart of reaching students on underserved campuses. We believe co-laboring and co-learning is far more powerful than going it alone. We want to be an asset to help you grow your ministry. Let’s collab!