I was raised in and baptized at East Union Presbyterian Church in Cheswick, Pennsylvania. It is there that I met friends who asked to take me to the New Wilmington Mission Conference. I first went in 2004 and to put it simply, I was hooked. I have been a regular delegate/staff member ever since. It was there that I first felt a call to service.
It was also through NWMC that I chose to go to Westminster College, the beautiful campus that has hosted NWMC since 1906. I began as a Music Education major but the fall of my sophomore year when I took Perspectives, my plans changed. I graduated in August 2012 with my B.A. in Christian Education, a minor in music, with a renewed call to the mission field.
Upon graduation, I applied to the YAV program, and I stayed in the New Wilmington area. I joined New Wilmington Presbyterian Church where I serve as a member of the Mission Committee. I have served as a member of the nominating committee, and I've also taught High School Sunday School.
I was thrilled to learn that I will be serving in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. My one and only day in New Orleans was in 2009 while on a Spring Break Habitat for Humanity trip in Biloxi, Mississippi, and it's a fact that I find absolutely hilarious. Who would have thought that a few years later I'd be spending a year in New Orleans working with Habitat?
After serving as a YAV, I hope to attend a seminary with a dual degree program for my Masters in Divinity and my Masters in Social Work. I have a passion for children and my dream is to work with an adoption agency building bonds with orphanages by making regular trips to work with the children and staff as well as working at the agency with the parents.
The Young Adult Volunteer program is a year-long service program for young adults between ages 19 and 30. Read more about the YAV program here