I was born in Asheville, NC. Throughout my childhood, my family went through several trials that led us to move every three to four years, so I didn't stay in one place for very long. We landed in Jacksonville, NC 10 years ago where my family currently lives. My mom worked in the church off and on, so the church was one of the few constants in my life. I was practically raised by multiple church staffs. I have known about Jesus all my life but decided I wanted to commit my life to following him in 7th grade. Even at a young age, I understood the weight of the decision. Over the next few years, I battled questions that would be essential to grounding my faith, yet remained lukewarm as a believer at the time. During my junior year I was invited to a local youth group that would transform my walk with Christ. This is when I truly surrendered my life to following Jesus and began chasing after the heart of God. God brought me to Gardner-Webb two years ago. I had never heard of the school before receiving a random email about their free application. I decided to tour the campus and fell in love with the community! I am now approaching my junior year pursuing elementary education, though my heart has recently been pulled toward ministry. This internship has already taught me so much about releasing control and allowing God to determine my steps. I still am unsure of the direction He is leading but am willing to walk through any door He opens!
My Hope for HCC
My hope for HCC is that this community of believers would come behind the youth in support, leading by example and pouring into students on a deeper level. I was able to tap into the love and the hope a life with Jesus offers, but mostly because I was surrounded by a church body pointing me back to it during a time I needed direction.