Your hobbies: Reading, gardening, napping, hanging out with my family.
What’s one thing that might surprise people about you? I work in construction, which means I work with mostly men. Over the years I’ve occasionally had to go toe-to-toe / in-your face with big burly construction guys to get them to listen & be safe!
What do you say to people who don’t get why you spend time with students? I tell them these kids are not as scary as they seem when you talk to them one on one or in a small group. That I’m committed to being a part of my child’s high school experience as she grows in the Lord, and that means being a part of the high school ministry. And that I like the thought that maybe talking to a new student who seems a little lonely may help them come back again, and that it’s awe-inspiring to watch other students see a new student & come get them & draw them in – I would never have been that brave in high school.
Funniest 1-3 sentence story about / with a student: I’m afraid if I tell a funny story it would involve one of my kids and they would disown me … !
The nine words you’d use to encourage a potential high school ministry volunteer: These students are the brightest hope of our future!
What’s the one thing you think a student will definitely receive from being in Quest: A grounding in being a Christian from a teenage perspective. It’s one thing to be taught at by grown-ups, but the interaction with their peers, combined with the incredible adult guidance, is invaluable. Students see they are not alone – others are experiencing similar problems and are also ministered to by their peers. Students get the opportunity to really serve, and the value of being able to get out of their own selfish teenage place & serve others cannot be overstated. All these things help them stay grounded as they graduate and go onto all the college stresses and temptations, and lays a foundation that will serve them well their whole lives.