I grew up in church as a child attending Sunday School, Royal Rangers and camps with local churches throughout my elementary and junior high years. But when I got into high school, the faith I had built wasn’t strong enough to guide my teenage decisions. When senior year came, Jesus shook my world. God showed me that I couldn’t do things on my own and that I was in desperate need of a Savior.
Sometimes God gives gentle nudges as a reminder of His grace and love, but I needed to be knocked off my feet. After some difficult days, God faithfully placed some godly young men in my life connected to FBC who helped spur my faith on by being present and loyal in my time of need. During this time, I could see the hand of Jesus throughout my life orchestrating every move.
Hebrews 6:19 has been a verse that helps hold my heart in those dark times and in times of triumph, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”
All of my stress, my downfalls and my failures don’t define or confine me. My soul has been redeemed and my hope is in the one who conquered sin.
I spent nearly 7 years teaching and coaching at both the junior high and high school setting and volunteering with the FBC youth ministry. I always found myself working with youth in many various ways, and I knew that’s where God was consistently leading me, but I did not have a clear vision of what exactly I was supposed to be doing until the opportunity to step into the role of ministry arose. I love Jesus, our youth, this community and I want to see it grow for the Kingdom!