College: Dallas Baptist University
Major: Christian Studies
Hometown: New Braunfels, Texas
Role in Glowing Heart: Computer and Web Technician
I was raised in a “Christian” home. We went to a Methodist church where I was baptized as a child and but that was it. I would go to church once every couple of months and I didn’t really pay that much attention. I believed in Jesus but I didn’t know what that meant. My parents got divorced when I was young and I have few memories of them together. After fifth grade, my mom got remarried and we moved from Boerne to New Braunfels, we started going to Oakwood Baptist Church and I got plugged into the middle school group. Our middle school pastor, Brandon Best, was a former Glowing Heart member. It was the spring break of sixth grade year and Brandon was teaching and he talked about accepting Jesus into our hearts. This was something I had never heard about. I talked to my mom and stepdad about it later that day. That week, I accepted Jesus into my heart.
Skip forward to summer of seventh grade, I went to Pacesetters Middle School Camp. This is where my path to joining Glowing Heart began. Eighth grade year at camp, I received a scholarship to come back the next year and go to the high school camp. From there, I continued going every year, each year growing in God more and more. Junior year of high school, I started hanging out with the wrong group of people, I started getting away from God. Coming up on the time to apply for leadership track for camp, God threw a curveball in my life. I got into a fight with some of the people I was hanging out with. I got away from my bad influences and reconnected with God. That summer, I got to work alongside the camp leaders and it was an amazing experience. It was during those two weeks that God started calling out to me. During our personal time, I felt the call to join Glowing Heart after I graduate high school. After Pacesetters, Brandon asked me if I wanted to start serving in the middle school ministry. I decide I would try it, and I fell in love. Spending time with students, middle school, high school or even elementary school, pouring into them and helping them along the path of Jesus, was where God was calling me.
The largest struggle I’ve had in my life was understanding God. “What He does?”, “How He does?”, “Why He does?”, all of it, His timing, His power, how? This is why I always have to remember Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” There’s none like our God, He is above our thinking and we couldn’t even do anything He can, I mean I can hardly make it a week without breaking down in need for Him.
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