Our staff always loves to hear the stories of other peoples’ journeys and how they ended up where they are at in life. For the next few months, we are going to be sharing parts of our stories so you can get to know each of us and how we ended up here at Asbury and in Student Ministry! So here’s a little bit about me…
Most of you know that I came to Asbury a little over two years ago just two days after I graduated from Oral Roberts University with a ministry and leadership degree! It was definitely a quick transition from college to full time ministry but it was absolutely my dream come true. I felt called into youth ministry when I was in middle school, probably 7th or 8th grade. Before this, I never EVER saw myself going into ministry. Twelve-year-old me had my entire life planned out. I was going to go to law school and become a lawyer. Then God showed up! At a worship night one Wednesday, I was off praying by myself when I suddenly saw myself preaching in front of a room full of teenagers. From that moment on, I knew there was nothing else that I would rather do than become a youth pastor. My call into ministry is one of the main reasons I feel so strongly about the importance and power of students following Jesus. God can move and use students of any age and place big things in their heart that he wants them to do for the Kingdom!
Another big part of my story is the consistency of incredible adults who poured into me over the years. I grew up in the same church my entire life and was there every time I possibly could be. Outside of my parents, I had adults who stayed consistent in my life from the very beginning. Whether it was family friends, youth sponsors, or just random people in church I had people who I looked up to and who helped guide me. I had the same youth pastor all the way from 6-12 grade and he has been at my home church for almost 20 years now. I’ve seen the power of having a solid youth pastor who is consistent in my life and strive to be that for our students here at Asbury. This part of my story is also why I see so much importance in small group leaders and adult volunteers. Studies show that students who have multiple impactful adults in their life, outside of their parents, have a greater chance of maintaining their faith into adulthood.
For me, youth ministry is the absolute dream and all I see myself doing for as long as I possibly can. I wouldn’t complain one bit if I was 70 and still leading a student ministry! Someday, I would like to be a professor and help teach the next generation of leaders in student ministry but always want to keep guiding students directly in their walks with Jesus.