Breakaway exists to help any and every college student take either their first or next step with Jesus Christ.

Our Core Values


We trust in a powerful God and recognize the truth in John 15 that “apart from me you can do nothing”. As we carry out the vision for Breakaway, we will lean completely on Jesus and His Spirit for wisdom and provision.

Family Minded

We view breakaway as a family. as a family, we make it a priority to have meaningful relationships within our staff and volunteers. Our desire is to see one another flourish.


Breakaway always has and always will be God’s. He owns it, but in His kindness has allowed us to accomplish His purposes through Breakaway. We will be good stewards of what God has given us to bring more glory to Him.


God is moving in the lives of students through Breakaway every week. This is worthy of celebration because God is most glorified when we share how He is changing lives on campus.


We understand our role is not to repeat, but to innovate and seek excellence in everything we do. We will elevate often, hold traditions loosely, remain teachable, and always see to learn.


Breakaway Ministries operates under the supervision of a Board of Directors. These godly individuals provide a constant flow of wisdom to the director of Breakaway and oversee all the ministry's major decisions. The board is composed of seven men who are diverse in personality and occupation:

Gregg Matte // Pastor at Houston's First Baptist Church; founding director of Breakaway

Dr. Stephen McDaniel // Marketing professor at Texas A&M

Dr. Jim Giles // Retired orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Kenneth Werlein // Pastor at Faithbridge Church in Spring, TX

Jerry Cox // CEO of Cox and Perkins Exploration, Inc.

Willie Langston // Founding partner of Avalon Advisors in Houston, TX

Brian McGown // Partner at Harrigan Development Partners, LLC in Houston, TX

Ben Stuart // Pastor at Passion City Church D.C.; former director of Breakaway