Hometown: Burleson, Texas
Role at Ablaze: Director of Ablaze Youth
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 254-374-5224 ext. 706
Ministry Background: My freshman year of high school I started taking my faith seriously and became involved with my parish youth group. I joined our youth council and started attending camps and retreats for high school students. The next year I began volunteering with our middle school youth program. Throughout the rest of my time in high school, I continued to lead and mentor this age group, planning retreats, overseeing a junior high youth council and taking a large role in planning and teaching lessons for religious education. When I went off to college, I knew I wanted to continue doing this type of ministry. One of the first organizations I got involved with after moving to College Station was the middle school Keysis program at St. Joseph’s in Bryan. During my time as a volunteer, I gave talks during many youth sessions, staffed camps, led retreats, participated in Bible studies, chaperoned social events. During the spring of 2012, I transitioned into the ministry leader position for the middle school program. I came to understand what it means to lead and shepherd a group of young people, and love them as your own. In the fall of 2015, I became a missionary Ministry Coordinator with Ablaze. Through this position, God has shaped me into His own and showed me what it means to live every moment for Him. I really treasure mentoring young ministers, helping them grow in holiness just as they are helping their youth grow in faith. Ministry is a core part of my life. It brings me great joy and fulfillment. I am always honored and humbled by God’s choice to work through us to love and nurture these young people.
Passions and interests: I love to travel and go on adventures. I really enjoy theology and learning more about my faith. I enjoy reading and writing. I love to be outside in God’s creation, particularly under the night sky because I love the stars. I love to spend time with friends, having quality, God-centered conversations. I also love to laugh and typically find a way to bring joy into everyday moments. I’m also an avid coffee drinker and peanut butter eater. I love watching God work in my life and the lives of others.
How did you become involved with Ablaze/why are you involved? When Matt Rice first began trying to make his idea a reality, I was fortunate enough to be working with him at St. Joseph’s in Bryan. A small group of us who are very passionate about youth ministry and the mission of Ablaze began brainstorming and collaborating on how to make this all come to pass. Through God’s grace, here we are today with an up and running ministry. I’m involved with Ablaze because I really believe in what it is seeking to do, to reach out to the hearts of youth and truly engage them in their faith in a new and effective format. I think it’s wonderful because it really is all about identifying what their hearts are hungry for and helping parishes awaken these young people to their call to holiness. Also, the way that we on the teamwork together in this ministry brings me so much hope and excitement for things to come. I pray that the Spirit will continue to work and move in all of us and those that we minister to.
Favorite quote/Bible verse:
Oh gosh. I love quotes.
The glory of God is man fully alive.
Our soul waits for the Lord, who is our help and shield. For in God our hearts rejoice; in Your holy name we trust. May Your kindness, Lord, be upon us; we have put our hope in You.