|What are your spiritual gifts?
I pride myself on talking to anyone and everyone. I love making new friends and believe that the more people I meet, the more I am in awe of their Creator.
Tell me something about your family.
One interesting fact about my family is that my grandfather served in World War II. He was a ball turret gunner in the 8th Air Force. His plane was actually gunned down, and he was able to parachute down just beyond enemy territory in Dinant, Belgium. It's mind-boggling to think about how lucky he was to survive and how fortunate I am to live to tell the tale.
Why did you start serving in this role?
When I went through membership class, I was inspired by The Journey's mission to get the body of the church involved in all that God is doing. I've always longed for a church that encourages members to get involved beyond just attending a Sunday morning service. The day my girlfriend and I were introduced as members at the 9 a.m., John Chung and company had us hit the ground running with Journey Kids at 11 a.m.
Who has impacted you while serving in this role?
Kerry Knuckey has been instrumental in my involvement. She humbly helps us all learn to become better stewards of God's love to these children. And anyone that has to depend on volunteers like she does is worthy of praise.
Can you tell me about a moment you remember really seeing God’s presence?
I am always inspired by the presence of God in the lives of the children in Journey Kids. Their ability to retain information and share the gospel is so enjoyable for me. I love hearing their perspective on Jesus and what He means to them. I think we can all learn from their simplified relationship with Him. In our wild world, it's great to be reminded that we're here to love God and His people. Plain and simple.
How has serving in this role grown you?
Serving in this role with Journey Kids has really inspired me to love kids more purposefully. The Journey does such a great job of viewing this time with children as an opportunity to share the gospel. It isn't simply a time to babysit while the parents benefit from hearing the Word of God. Instead, the Journey Kids team has carefully and strategically planned an approach to help the children of our church develop their relationship with Christ.
What would you like people to know about serving in this role?
These kids all deserve to know just how much they are loved and cared for by their Heavenly Father. Although we fall short of reflecting His perfect love, we can offer them our time and attention. We've all been cared for throughout our lives by adults that have shown us glimpses of what God's heart looks like, and this is the perfect opportunity to do the same for the future leaders of our church.