“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” \\ Matthew 28:19-20


To see every student maximize their potential and impact through an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.


Equipping college students to teach the Gospel lifestyle to middle and high school students through intentional leadership development strategies.



  • Jon Messarra founded SWAT (Students With A Testimony) Ministries, Inc. in 1992.
  • Jon used high school & college students to lead students in his youth group.
  • Over the course of two years and four Disciple Now weekends, the student participation grew from 16 to over 200.
  • With the support of the Georgia Baptist Convention, other student pastors requested Jon to bring his student leaders to lead discipleship weekends for their church.


  • SWAT is currently leading weekends in the US & overseas.
  • Developing 100 leaders each year through the opportunities SWAT provides them.
  • Discipling over 1,000 students each year through our ministry events.
  • Our intern program allows leaders who desire more responsibility to grow and develop their leadership skills on a deeper level.
  • SWAT is constantly encouraging its Alumni to continue their involvement as they transition into the next phase of their lives.


  • Developing and applying new leadership training strategies.
  • Growing student leadership by promoting on college campuses around the Southeast.
  • Increasing the number of churches we partner with each year.
  • Expanding our reach and influence around the US and the world.



Jon Messarra


Mary Messarra


Thomas Davis


Ways To Serve

SWAT Leader

A SWAT leader (host home leader) is someone who leads Disciple Now (SWAT) weekends in a host home. He/she has a relationship with Christ, a passion for leading middle and high school students towards a deeper relationship with Christ, and is involved in a local church. SWAT leaders are only required to lead 3 weekends a year. 



An intern has worked with SWAT at least one year. He/she is looking for a more consistent way to serve the ministry through planning different types of events and reaching out to leaders. This is a 10 hour a week commitment.