Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Free Methodist Church
How did you first experience God and choose to follow Christ?
Experiencing God through the church community I grew up in and through the beauty of the earth laid a solid foundation for my relationship with Christ. I encountered God playing in the ocean, praying with friends at school, and singing along to worship music with my family at home. Continuous exposure and alignment with the Jesus way led me to baptism at a camp the summer before sixth grade, and that moment is the clearest marker I can remember of choosing to follow Christ with everything, and experiencing God’s love in each season of life.
How did the Spirit guide you to your current ministry and what has God called you to do through your ministry?
As a child of God seeking to create deeper grooves in the work of discipleship and script spiritually formative liturgies for the youth that I volunteer with, for my peers, and for people of any age, the Free Methodist Church has shaped me and given me great hope about bringing God’s kingdom. With its emphasis on the five freedoms in relation to this gospel hope, the FMC continues to invite me to join in the good work that the Spirit of God is already doing.
How did you come to first be involved with the Free Methodist Church and why have you chosen to continue your ministry as an Elder in the Free Methodist Church?
While a student in undergrad, I was drawn to the unique offerings of traditional and contemporary liturgy of the Free Methodist tradition. Some of my friends, professors, and my cross country coach were already members, so I was excited to grow alongside these Jesus followers. A sense of relational community runs deep here, and when I was an intern with the Dream Center in Lake Elsinore one summer, I saw a greater scope of belonging within the denomination. I have chosen to continue on this journey with the FMC because God has asked me to keep taking steps forward, and this community of Free Methodists has emboldened, educated and equipped me along the way.