I was born and raised in Rogersville, going to Logan-Rogersville through Kindergarten to graduation. I grew up in a family where going to church every week was required, being raised by a Pastor, there were no “I’m too tired” days, we were just expected to go. From a young age I knew who Jesus was, I “prayed the prayer” at about age five, started going to Fellowship when I was about six, and I was baptized at Fellowship when I was seven or eight. I thought that I had a relationship with the Lord, going to church and saying my very typical small child prayer before bed, but I always dealt with anxiety about my faith, frequently keeping my parents up late into the night, asking them questions and crying because I thought God would come back and leave me behind.
I had pushed many of those doubts to the back of my mind for many years once I got a little older, until the summer before my freshman year of high school. I knew from a young age that I loved music, and found a Christian summer camp that had an emphasis in Worship and Christian music, Camp Electric. At that camp, I heard many stories of God being faithful and loving us at our worst, and heard the story of the Prodigal Son for the first time. I realized that no matter how badly I thought I had ruined our relationship or how messy my life became, that the Lord loved me and pursued me endlessly, never “leaving me behind,” and wanted me to come home to Him.
Camp Electric also allowed for me to realize God’s calling for my life: worship. My freshman year I began leading worship for then “Engage Student Ministries” (now Gravity) and singing occasionally on Sunday mornings for worship. I learned so much from my time on that team, and joined the Worship Department as a Worship Intern my senior year, and continued that for two-and-a-half years. In the spring of 2018 I was asked to join staff officially as the Worship Administrative Assistant, balancing that with my schoolwork as a Religious Studies major with Communications and Music minors at Missouri State where I also help to lead worship for Cru and lead a Fellowship College Life Group.
My Prayer for Fellowship
My prayer for Fellowship is that we would worship authentically, with worship being theologically driven, Biblically truthful, being Gospel focused and not in vain, but would engage minds and hearts in the praise of the Lord. Worship is placing oneself at the feet of our King, and my prayer for Fellowship is that we would grow closer in our relationships with Him through our worship.