For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, "Abba! Father!" The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, the heirs - heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him. (Romans 8:14-17)
I first came to the Lord in 1998, I was merely 8 years of age. Growing up, I quickly learned about all the distractions that life has to offer. I made many mistakes, but God's grace always prevailed. Through high school I was heavily involved in my church's youth group. I participated in many mission trips, and tried to be at every event. I grew a lot during that time period. However, it wasn’t until I hit my early 20's, after college, that I began to really press into the Lord. I began to more fully accept that nothing is worth more than simply knowing Jesus Christ. Not just knowing Him intellectually, but really growing close to Him.
In 2011, I came out to Joplin, Missouri on a mission trip for disaster relief. We stayed at the Calvary Chapel in Joplin. During that trip, a lot of things were healed, clarified and founded in my life. Some relationships were healed and rough spots in my heart were mended. My desire to truly serve the Lord was clarified. The idea was founded in my heart that God truly does bring beauty out of the ashes. I met so many people who had lost everything, yet they were indescribably thankful toward the Lord for what they still had.
From that point on, I served consistently with Calvary Chapel in Lake Stevens, Washington. I helped with the youth, helped in the college ministry, and eventually oversaw the audio ministry until the summer of 2016. I received a message toward the beginning of 2016 from Pastor Jeff Kingery. He asked me if I would ever consider moving out to Joplin and working at the Chap. I was enthralled, but didn't want to make an emotional decision. After a rocky 10 weeks of prayer, I felt drawn, like I needed to come out to Joplin. Long story short, here I am. The Lord is continuously working on my heart and I am truly excited to love everyone who He puts in my path. As I continue and try my best to be led by the Holy Spirit, I anticipate the Lord will do awesome things.