How I came to know Christ: I was blessed to be raised in a Christian home. When I was 4 years old I was sitting in my family's tree-house with my big brother (who was 5) talking about Jesus. My mom came up to talk to us and we both accepted Christ that afternoon.
Why do you work for FCA?: April first, for most it is a day of practical jokes and picking fun at one another, but for myself it signifies so much more. As I was sitting on the family room floor on March 31st, my 25th birthday, I was doing my devotions and reflecting on the past couple of years and came to reflect on the last few birthdays. Every birthday for the last 3 years God has done something huge in my personal life. Each one leading up to this year, and it is so incredible to look back on how He has brought me to this point. For my 23rd birthday I started a new job at an equine veterinary clinic doing what I had gone to college for and doing something I really loved. For my 24th birthday, just a year ago, I decided to start running. To most that might not seem like much, but in July of last year I lost my job at the vet clinic, and God used running as my time alone with him away from the frustrations of dealing with being unemployed.
Through those months of running and struggling with questioning God and asking him “why?” I learned how truly powerful it is to be able to share Christ through the avenue of sports. Last fall God taught me many things about perseverance, discipline, diligence, and dedication through my running. I would run every morning and then come home and do job applications, day in and day out. I applied for jobs all over the country, over 3 dozen applications in 15 states. As each positive response came I would pray over each job, and every time I just didn’t have a peace about taking offers that I would have otherwise jumped on. After several months of this process I came to the conclusion that God wanted me to stay here in Utah. I couldn’t explain why, I had what appeared to be no leads here, but it was the only place I had a peace.
Throughout last year I had kept up with what was going on with Utah Fellowship of Christian Athletes and when I attended the President’s Reception in November the pieces started to come together. I had the pleasure of sitting with the State Director and his wife as well as the Regional Director and after several athletes and coaches spoke and the directors gave the vision for the next year of FCA here in Utah I had a peace and excitement I could not explain. Bill Schorr, our State Director, sat back down at the end and he looked at me and all he had to say was “You ready?” and I didn’t even have to think twice, my immediate answer was “Yes”. After several months of prayer and training at the beginning of this year April first was my official start date of coming on staff with Utah FCA.
What's your vision for the year with FCA?: To see the High school and Jr High athletes get excited about sharing Christ with the other athletes at their schools.
Life mission statement or favorite quoted or verse: Hebrews 12:1-3 "Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."
Hobbies: Running, anything outdoors, reading, I love spending time with friends and family as well as time alone.
Favorite Food: I love anything with authentic flavor... but I have a weakness for southern food and cookie dough
Favorite restaurant: Macedon Family Diner from back home in NY
Favorite Book: The Bible, The Calvary Road, It's Your Call... I love to read so I have a lot of favorites.
Favorite Team: Hendricks Motorsports (I'm a big NASCAR fan)... or French Camp Academy Panthers
Favorite Movie: Disney's 3 Musketeers