Where were you born and where do you live now?
I was born in Eugene, Oregon and I currently live in Tyler, Texas.
How did you become a Christian and did camp play a role in your spiritual development?
I became a Christian at a young age when my mom was trying to help me overcome my fear of diving into the swimming pool. Simple, I know, but I was scared that something bad was going to happen. It was a great time for my mom to encourage me that our God is a God who will take care of me. From there I grew in my knowledge of the character and nature of God, and I wanted to give my life to Him.
Camping and being outdoors has always played a major part of my life. I love to be outside and nature is where I find a deep connection to God. I grew up attending Pine Cove Christian Camp in the summer and later, worked for two different camping ministries. Camping played a role in my spiritual development to remind me that our God is a fun and a joyous God. Camping ministry has always been a fun and exciting place. Yes, even while doing the logistics. Seeing kids have fun and experience God in a safe outdoor environment has always brought me a lot of joy. He is a God that should be revered and is powerful, but at the same time He wants His children to be happy and joyful, and that is what camping is to me.
Tell us about your family.
My mother and father are professors in higher education. My mother works at Texas A&M University and my dad works at the University of Texas in Austin.My sister is married and currently lives in Georgia with her husband and their daughter.
What role(s) do you have in Christian camping? How have you been involved in CCI?
I have worked a wide range of roles in Christian camping! From working in the kitchen washing dishes to working with kids and being in leadership, each role has refined me to become a better servant for others. Currently I am an intern for CCI, assisting Marty Putman in preparing for the CCI Summit in South Africa.
What do you do on your day off?
On my days off, I love to rest and relax. I enjoy being outside, running, hiking, being at the lake, exploring coffee shops, and having great conversations with friends.
Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?
Dearing Greatly by Brene Brown
Woman of the Word by Jen Wilkin
Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
What kind of music do you like? Any favorite recording artists or song?
Bryan and Katie Torwalt
What is your favorite Bible verse? Any story that tells us why?
Zephaniah 3:17 “The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”
This verse has changed the way I look at God. I feel it tells a lot about his character and nature. He is a strong God, yet he rejoices over His creation and takes joy in us.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
“Breathe out all the stress, because these are your tasks today:
1) Trust in the Lord, and do good.
2) Dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
3) Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
4) Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act”
-Louie Giglio The Comback
What else should we know about you?
I graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in December with a degree in Christian Studies. I lived in Australia and Cambodia while working with YWAM!
I’m interested in anything from football (American football) to what’s going on around the world!