I grew up in a gospel-centered home in Orange County, California. Both sides of my family were strong believers. Church on Sundays, Wednesdays and summer camps were all regular events for us. It was not until high school that I began to feel a tug from the Holy Spirit to find out who God was for myself and take ownership of my relationship with Him. Through the guidance of an amazing youth pastor and several mentors, I grew in my relationship with the Lord. However, like many high schoolers, I had a lot of ups and downs and struggled to make peace with how the Lord designed my heart.
Fast-forward a bit, and it was time for me to decide where to go to college. Most of my family had attended the University of Southern California, so when I shared with them that I thought Texas would be my next home, they were shocked. Yet, it was not long until they fell in love with the Horned Frogs and the color purple the way I had. The summer before I started my freshman year at Texas Christian University, my grandfather suddenly passed away. He was a major part of my walk with Jesus, a well-known man in Orange County, and the rock of our family. His funeral was four days before I hopped on a plane to Texas and it was an event that forever changed how I viewed sharing my faith.
While at TCU, I fell in love with anything and everything Texas. The Lord made it clear that He had me in the great state of Texas for a reason. However, once some of the purple glitter faded, some deep-rooted sin issues started to bubble up to the surface. By the middle of my sophomore year I was struggling to stay afloat, which was when my mom found Ben Fuqua’s number on the Christ Chapel website and gave him a call. Although I was mortified, that phone call resulted in the best community and most true and pure place to get to know our Savior. I was re-baptized later that year, and, well, you could say the rest was history!
My senior year I got to intern for the amazing Josh Storie, which has led to my current role now as the College Ministry Assistant. I continued at TCU, getting my master’s degree in education and am now also a 4th grade teacher in Burleson ISD. People ask me all the time why I stayed in Fort Worth post-graduation and every time I say, “Christ Chapel Bible Church.”
When I am not at church or in the classroom, I love working out, eating out at the new hip spot, two-stepping at Billy Bob’s, or seeing Disney’s newest live action film actually in the theater. You can also get me to do just about anything for a cinnamon roll!