Hey, Linda! We’re so happy that you are our new Director of Student Ministry! Can you tell us a little more about yourself?
What drew you to Orangewood?
Wow, so many things. During the interview process, it became so clear that there was an uncanny fit between my gifts, what I was looking for, and what Orangewood needed. It truly has felt like a ridiculously clear answer to years of questions and prayer on my part. I was so encouraged throughout the process by the warmth, support, and welcoming attitude of so many people, too.
What are you excited about for your new role?
I’m really looking forward to getting to build up the student ministry, infuse long-term vision into it, and invite and empower other leaders to join me in ministering to students. I’m also excited about getting to do both middle and high school ministry again because I was focused exclusively on middle school students at my previous job, and missed having more interactions with the high schoolers.
What were you doing before you came to Orangewood?
I’ve spent the past 11 years in youth ministry and most recently served for about five years at First Presbyterian Church in Rome, GA, as the Assistant Director of Student Ministries, working with the junior high girls.
Where are you from?
Originally I am from southern California, but I grew up mostly in a suburb of Nashville, TN.
Tell us a little bit about your family.
I come from a non-Christian family and am the middle of three children. My older sister, brother-in-law, and younger brother all live in D.C. now. My mother passed away about 3 ½ years ago, and my dad is planning on moving here from Tennessee, hopefully by the end of this year.
Honestly, I just love some good roasted vegetables. Give me some properly cooked and seasoned cabbage, beets, or tomatoes, and I’m happy.
Favorite place to eat?
I am definitely still discovering food options in the area, but Meditteranean food is one of my favorites.
This is really tough to pick. I might say Paul David Tripp right now.
Depending on my mood… either someone like Ray Lamontagne or *NSYNC
I went to high school with Taylor Swift.
How have you survived the pandemic?
I got to build a lot of healthy routines and rhythms into my life while I was working from home at the beginning of the pandemic, and some of those – such as taking walks daily – have stuck with me. My extended family also began a weekly Zoom call, which has been a really encouraging and fun tradition that has developed out of the pandemic as well. Finding ways to connect with others has definitely been key.
Thanks again for joining us, Linda!