Born in Colorado, and raised on the west side of Washington, my whole life was spent in a Christian home. While I learned so much about the Bible, I cared much more about how people viewed me and my future plans. Christianity was an obligation and obedience was a chore. Quite frankly, I didn’t choose obedience except to keep up appearances. With this tainted view of Christianity, I didn’t have much hope in the future and almost no daily purpose in my life.
Fast forward to entering college at Central Washington University. During my freshman year I got involved with Resonate Church, which had just planted that fall, while also struggling to find my identity in broken ways. I was torn between my desire to pursue satisfaction in the college lifestyle while also wanting to keep up appearances as a good, moral Christian. Neither satisfied, and I found myself incredibly confused and overwhelmed with who I was and where I was going. God didn’t feel present, and although I didn’t feel deserving of his love, that was where I finally found myself running.
The rest of my freshman year I started falling in love with Jesus and understanding the enchantment of the Gospel for my life. I began to understand that my life is not my own, and I wanted to leverage my own so that others might know Jesus as their only hope. As I began to live on mission, my heart changed more and more towards college students and the brokenness on campus.
Since heart transformation and choosing to fully surrender to Jesus, my life has not looked the same. The more involved I got, and the more the Lord tugged at my heart, the more I realized the opportunity that was before us as college students and recent graduates. By joining staff and church planting, I would be able to reach college students who have no hope or identity in what is eternal. I desired to be a part of something that was bigger than myself and start something that would have impact past my lifetime.
My hope for Resonate is we are a people who grow deeply in the Word of God and love people with a Gospel-centered love. My hope is that we don’t stop in the Pacific Northwest, or college campuses, or even the United States, but that we continue to proclaim the Gospel to the ends of the earth. I’ve love being a missionary and site admin at WOU, dealing with both people and logistics of allowing a church to flourish in different capacities.
Myers Briggs: ENFJ
Top 5 strengths: Input, Connectedness, WOO, Intellection, and Positivity
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