Movies I Enjoy: Home Alone 1 & 2, Heavyweights, Casino Royale

Favorite Books: The Great Divorce- C.S. Lewis, Mud & Poetry- Tyler Blanski, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll

Favorite Quote:
We often ask God to show up. We pray prayers of rescue. Perhaps God would ask us to be that rescue, to be His body, to move for things that matter. He is not invisible when we come alive. I might be simple but more and more, I believe God works in love, speaks in love, is revealed in our love. […] We are only asked to love, to offer hope to the many hopeless. We don’t get to choose all the endings, but we are asked to play the rescuers. We won’t solve all mysteries and our hearts will certainly break in such a vulnerable life, but it is the best way. We were made to be lovers bold in broken places, pouring ourselves out again and again until we’re called home. -Jamie Tworkowski, “To Write Love on her Arms”

Favorite Songs: Spirit of the Living God- Phil Wickham, Sailboat- Ben Rector, Multiplied- Needtobreathe

For Fun I Enjoy: Dancing like a fool in the kitchen (it’s the only proper way to do dishes), anything that has to do with a river, competitive board games, and slinging paint on a canvas

Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 8:38-39

Bio:

I was born and raised in Raleigh, NC and the south runs through my veins.  I love all things Cheerwine, outdoors, or dessert.  I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in Sports Medicine, so I know how to relocate a joint, tape an ankle, and make a mean glass of Gatorade.  In 2007, I began working for Youth Conference Ministries–The Great Escape and Fun in the Son.  From that experience, I fell in love with middle school students.  For the past 3 years, I served at Grace Community Church in Raleigh as their Middle School Director before coming to Hope.

I am sold on a middle school student’s heart and mind; their ability to ask deep questions about God while simultaneously stuffing as many cheese doodles in their mouth as possible.  Their passion and vulnerability are reminders to me about what really matters.  My passion is that every student at Hope knows and feels that nothing can separate them from the love of God and that they specifically have a story to tell in which no one else can play their part.