Our Staff

Cailey Bates

Middle School Girls Intern

I was born into a solid Christian home, and was raised in the church and Christian school. When I was 5 years old, I remember sitting with my mom at the dining table and her walking me through the prayer of salvation. I can’t remember a day that I didn’t believe that Jesus died for me and that God is real, but I would pinpoint the summer after my seventh grade year as a pivotal moment for my faith. That summer at camp was the first time I truly realized that I’m broken and need a Savior and that walking with Jesus requires repentance. So I found a spot, got with Jesus, and rededicated my life to Christ. 

From then on, it’s been a journey learning what walking with Jesus looks like and surrendering to His plans over mine. I surrendered to the call to ministry the summer after my freshman year of college and have been pursuing that wholeheartedly ever since. After serving as an intern and small group leader at my home church, I realized that student ministry is what sets my soul on fire and how passionate I am about discipling teen girls. I wouldn’t be who I am today without the women faithfully investing in me throughout my student ministry experience and I want to spend my life doing the same for others.

I recently moved from Florida to pursue a Master’s in Christian Education at Southwestern Seminary, and got connected with Christ Chapel through a friend from my home church who had previously interned in the student ministry here. He connected me with Kevin Libick and Ryan Hamon and I’m so excited to finally be serving here! I know this season is going to be one of growth and tons of fun, and I’m excited to get to know the middle school girls. I can’t wait to see what the Lord does in them and how He begins to align their hearts with His in such a crucial period of their lives.

On another note, I love to sing and I love musicals. My favorite Broadway musical is “Wicked.”  After years of longing, as a college graduation gift, my mom took me to see it in New York and it was the best day ever. I could have cried through the whole thing, but I forced myself to keep it together and actually enjoy it. I’m always singing – in fact, a lot of the time I don’t even realize it. I’ve even caught myself in the grocery store singing along to the music they’re playing. I’m also a sucker for terrible, corny dad jokes and puns. So please, bring them on.