When I was a teenager, I was convinced I was going to be the next Oprah–I wrote for and then became editor-in-chief of my school newspaper. I was voted “Most Likely to Have Her Own Talk Show” in high school. I had my college picked out and thought I had it all figured out…until God called me to youth ministry.
I graduated from Southwest Baptist University in 2012 with a BS in Christian Ministry with an emphasis in Youth and a minor in Theology. I have over 5 years of experience in youth ministry. In addition to working with youth in churched settings, I have experience in residential group homes with at-risk youth. Currently I serve as an Associate Director of Youth Ministry for Middle School at a fantastic church in Indianapolis.
I began blogging when I got my first director position at the tender age of 20. Now I get to combine my passion for writing with my passion for ministry. Other facts about me: I’m an amateur social advocate, but learning. I’m a huge St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. I love coffee, red wine, and Vanilla Coke. My little sister is my best friend. People define me as transparent, hilarious, and very self-confident (but it took me a while to get there).
I blog about youth ministry, life as a Millennial in the Christian church, and about lessons I’m learning as a lover of Christ.
I blog because I believe that everyone has a voice. I blog because there aren’t many women in the church who have time for it. I blog because I receive messages from people who tell me to do it, even when I’m discouraged and feel I have no voice. I blog because some of those messages are from women who ask me to live life with them. I blog because my favorite messages are from young girls struggling with their calling to ministry, who are inspired because I’m the first female they know to “just do it.” I blog because I like the outlet. And most importantly, I blog because it’s just another way that I get to be in community with others.
So, participate in life with me. Let’s learn lessons together.
Sometimes I cannot orate what I mean automatically; I need time to sort through things. Blogging is my way of doing so. Remember that even though I do youth ministry, what I post on my blog is not necessarily the views of the congregation or my denomination (just a small disclaimer!)
Thanks for reading!