Growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, I had a nominal view of Christianity, meaning that individuals called themselves Christians if that’s what they wanted to be. Another misconception I had was that you were a Christian and “worthy” of salvation as long as you were a “good” person.
God revealed to me an understanding of the true gospel and saved me halfway through my college years at the University of Memphis. For the first time, I looked at the Word of God and my thoughts of Christianity, and they didn’t line up. God gave me an understanding of my sin: that only He is perfect and my sin kept me from a experiencing a true relationship with Him. God then opened my eyes to the beauty and grace of the cross of Christ. He showed me that, solely because of Christ’s life, death and resurrection, I can now experience the fullness of a relationship with Him. Salvation is not earned nor deserved; it is given as a gift of His grace (Eph. 2:8-9).
Since then, God has been using amazing opportunities to grow me in my relationship with Him. I became actively involved with Campus Outreach at the University of Memphis, and I was discipled by a staff member there, Josiah Lawrence, for about 3 years. In 2010, I had the privilege of ministering to college students in Brazil for a summer through Campus Outreach. Over time, God laid on my heart the strong desire to give my life to making disciples and building laborers for the lost world.
In July of 2011, God led me to pursue an opportunity to be on staff with Campus Outreach under the local missions of The Village Church. I am excited and thankful to be part of this amazing community!