St. Timothy Lutheran Church has been and always will be paramount in my faith journey. Growing up at St. Tim’s, the youth ministry was amazing and pivotal to my discernment of hearing God’s call to ministry. I am fortunate that so many adults at St. Timothy shared their time with the youth. These adults are who, ultimately, introduced me to being a minister of the service. They even encouraged me to preach at our Youth Service Weekends. Having the opportunity to serve on the Church Council as the youth representative is another way STLC values youth in their faith formation. Our youth program also introduced me to AFFIRM, the summer church camp facilitated through the Southeastern Synod of ELCA..This camp is where I first made my decision to become a pastor. And I’ve been blessed to have pastors & other congregation members walk with me through this journey
In so many ways, the people in our parish use their time and talents to keep our ministries growing, alive. I grew up watching the people of our church make meals for the homeless, teach Sunday school, offer VBS to the children in the community of Hendersonville, and offer a yearly German Advent Service. Above all, my church helped me learn how the talents I formed throughout my childhood could be beneficial to a church community.
I’m very grateful for my community at St. Timothy who has assisted me in attending seminary through their financial support. I’m humbled by the support and prayers St. Tim’s gives me. Without this support from my parish community, seminary would not have been as open of an opportunity as it has become. For this, I am truly grateful.
I love watching the members of my church love God, love one another, and love our community. And the greatest truth I have learned by being raised in this faith-filled community is we are the Church, Jesus is the center of us, and we declare All Are Welcome.