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Growing up in Kelso, Wa I had no idea I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I knew that I wanted to see the world and explore, but living in such a blue collar town it was hard to break the mold of that community. In 2014 I moved away from all my friends, my home church, my community, and my own comfort to Ellensburg, Wa. Where I knew no one and had no idea what God had in store for me.

With my grandpa being a pastor, church was a normality of my life for only a short period. My family and I went faithfully to our small baptist church every week, always dressed to impress, but I never really knew what it meant to be a follower of Jesus; I went because I was told. It was around my junior year of high school when the gospel became real to me. From then on Jesus was more than this spiritual figure to me, He was my Lord and my savior.

For the following years, my faith was like walking on a tightrope with no direction for where I was trying to go. I had no idea what it meant to be a follower of Jesus. So when I moved away from home, my relationship with God was the first thing to go. Starting a new life in a new place was the hardest thing for me to do. Community was my crutch for many years so when that was taken away I quickly fell into the classic college experience and was shoved back into depression and feeling unloved. Thank the Lord that I was able to get connected to a community like Resonate, that not only pushed to love and know Jesus more but they walked with me and helped me further understand what it meant to be a disciple and follower of Jesus, not just a christian who says things he never follows through with. 

Through Resonate, God has shown me what it means to be joyfully obedient to His calling on my life, go through the pain of what it means to multiply and send out church plants, and to never put my own wants and desires above His plan for my life.

After graduating in 2017, I know that God is calling me to full time ministry. I have the pleasure of working with students and the college where I spent the past few years and hope to share with them the joy and freedom that we can only experience through knowing Jesus.

As our church is continually planting new churches my hope and prayer is that the people in my community would know Christ, and to be willing to set His ways above their own, and to pursue people around them to do the same.

I have set The Lord always before me;

- Psalm 16:8 -

Myers Briggs: ESFP

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