I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior at the young age of nine while in Awana. I was so excited, I would tell everyone at school about Jesus and how they should come to Awana. I attended an Evangelical church up until I moved to Oregon in 2009. It was during a summer camp my sophomore year of high school that I really began to feel the Lord impress on me that I wanted to be a youth pastor and attend seminary. Following that summer, I began to serve any way I could at the church – helping with greeting, ushering, and youth group. After high school, I continued to volunteer in youth ministries.
I really love seeing middle and high school age students hunger and thirst for a closer relationship with the Lord as well as watching them walk out their faith. I am so excited for what God is doing in my life and also in youth ministry at Calvary Chapel. I love being able to disciple and get to know and walk with students in their everyday relationship with Christ. It is so important to me that every student knows that they are loved by God.
God called me to Him when I was a young child. I felt what could only have been the hand of God tugging at my heart, and kneeling down I asked Jesus to be my Lord and to take charge of my life. From that point on the Lord raised me up. He grew and stretched me, always encouraging and strengthening my soul.
In high school I started serving on my youth worship team and loved praising Jesus! Then I went off to college and for three years studied Theatre at Florida State University. At the end of my third year God provided the opportunity for me to come and work with the youth at Calvary Chapel Worship Center. What He did next absolutely blew me away!
Over the course of that summer my heart grew for the students of the youth group. It was becoming more and more clear to me that God was calling me to continue in this work; but I had school, I had commitments, I had parents to persuade! It was all too big to handle, but our God is bigger! He made a clear path for me! He gave an opportunity to finish school remotely, freedom and support in the change, great encouragement from my family, and so much more! God made a way; He worked it for good!