Hometown: Crofton, Maryland
Education: Double Major in Political Science and Disaster Management, with a Minor in Leadership Development from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
Ministry at Ablaze: Director of Youth Ministries
Ministry Background: I grew up playing the guitar with my church choir and helping lead Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) at my High School. I did two years of leadership with Campus Crusade for Christ before coming back to the Catholic Church and helping lead ministries at Christ the King, the LSU Catholic Student Center. During my summers in college I served as a Camp Counselor at Camp Ozark in Mt. Ida Arkansas. As much as I love A/C and having my own room, I’d go back to camp life in a heartbeat!
In my first year after college I was blessed to volunteer with St. Ann’s in Coppell which has a phenomenal youth program. I did not grow up active in any kind of Catholic Youth Ministry, so I would always pray that God would allow every Catholic teen to have this kind of experience. It was then that I realized that he was asking me to do something about that. I decided to give full time ministry a try and found St. Mary Magdalene in Tyler, Texas and served for four wonderful years as the Director of Children’s and Youth Ministries at the Parish. I am incredibly happy that I took the chance and that God has guided me to my step as a missionary with Ablaze.
Passions and Interests: Everything and anything to do with LSU sports. I also have a hidden talent of doing Magic and Sleight of Hand Card tricks. I like to play sports, exercise, and I hope to one day complete a Spartan Trifecta which is doing all three levels of a Spartan Race in one year. I played Football, Track and Lacrosse which I also got to coach. I play the guitar and I’m learning the piano and harmonica as well. I like learning and speaking Spanish and always having a new skill to work on.
How did you become involved with Ablaze/Why are you involved? Taylor Schroll, another Ablaze Missionary, played music for a retreat that I brought my youth to. We exchanged contact information and kept in contact after the retreat. Eventually he invited me to come check out Ablaze and the rest is history. I joined Ablaze because I believe that there are needs that aren’t being met for our Catholic teens and those that minister to them. I see Ablaze as a way that I can help answer that need and help change the game for Catholic Youth Ministry.
Favorite Bible Verses
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!