Breakaway Ministries


Breakaway is a non-denominational, weekly Bible study on the campus of Texas A&M University. We exist to introduce college students to Jesus Christ and call them to walk with Him for a lifetime. We accomplish this through worship, Bible teaching and resources. While not affiliated with any one church, we work hard to connect students to local, Bible-believing churches. By God's power and for His glory, we live to proclaim the gospel of Christ to college students and connect them to Christ's community and His mission.




We believe the scriptures of the Old and New Testament are God's written revelation to man and are inspired, authoritative, and without error in the original manuscripts.


We believe in the full deity and humanity of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. According to the scriptures, He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on a cross as the atonement for man's sin, rose bodily from the dead, ascended to heaven and one day will physically return to earth in power and glory for believers in Christ.


We believe there is one God existing co-eternally and co-equally in three distinct persons; the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit.


We believe in the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit who regenerates unbelievers and indwells believers, enabling them to live godly lives.


We believe that man was created in the image of God, but because of sin, was alienated from God. Only by the grace of God, through faith in Jesus Christ alone can a person be restored to a right relationship with God and be assured of eternity in heaven with God.

Timothy Ateek

For the past 4 years, Timothy (TA) has served as the Executive Director of Vertical Ministries in Waco. Vertical is a weekly Bible study on the campus of Baylor University that draws hundreds and, at times, over a thousand students for the sake of the gospel. In addition to Vertical, TA travels throughout the year speaking at various churches, camps and retreats. Prior to his time in Waco, TA served as a student pastor in Austin for 5.5 years. He received a degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and is a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2003!

For more information you can contact the Breakaway office at (979) 693.9869 or via email:


  • Staff


    Phone // 979.693.9869

    Tyler Holloway // Operations Director

    Hannah Meyerdirk // Office Manager

    Elizabeth Staggers // Administrative Assistant

    Jeff Johnson // Worship Leader

    Brent Monogue // Production Director


Ben Stuart

For 11 years Donna and I have joyfully ministered to the amazing students at Texas A&M. Now, after much prayer and guidance, I am stepping out of the role of Director of Breakaway Ministries. This summer our family will move to Atlanta to join the team at Passion and, after a season of training and preparation, launch and pastor a Passion City Church in another city.

Nothing other than a strong sense of the Lord’s leading could have convinced us to move from this spot. These have been the greatest years of our lives! And our connection to Breakaway is not ending. I will now serve on the Breakaway Board of Directors, providing encouragement and counsel to the new director.

Thank you for all the support you have shown me, my family, and our Breakaway team all these years. I know you believe, as I do, that this ministry belongs to the Lord, and He has great things in store! We truly believe Breakaway's best days are ahead! Thank you in advance for all the support I know you will join me in giving the staff at Breakaway as they continue to proclaim the name of Jesus to this next generation!

For more information you can contact the Breakaway Office at (979) 693.9869 or via email: 


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