What church are you serving in at present?
Rose City Church
Briefly describe your testimony of coming to Christ:
My journey of faith has been a gradual process as I have moved from learning from my parents’ faith to developing my own relationship with Christ as I have grown up. My first exposure to Christianity was through my parents. They took me to church and enrolled me in a Christian school. As a young child I was aware of God with me and believed that God loved me. This early fruit of God working in me later led to my life commitment to Christ the summer after my eighth grade year. During a youth retreat I felt like God was reaching out to me, and I was moved by his deep love and acceptance for me. This experience led me to commit my life to following Christ during that retreat weekend. Since that time God has continued to demonstrate this same acceptance and faithfulness in my life as my faith has matured from adolescence into adulthood.
Briefly describe your understanding of God’s calling on your life:
The love of God that I experienced in my youth has directed my sense of calling. I have understood this love as God’s extension of welcome and hospitality for me. I believe I am called to share this hospitality with others in the same way that I have been welcomed into the family of God, especially to those who are often marginalized and forgotten.
Practically this calling has led me to serve in community development agencies and homeless ministries in the past. During this last year God has also confirmed in me that in part my passion for hospitality is also to be used to empower the church to connect to the needs of their local communities. I am excited to see how God continues to develop this calling as I serve in the local church.
How did you come to the Free Methodist Church?
I had grown up in the United Methodist Church, but when I came to California in 2012 to attend Fuller Seminary I found Rose City Church. This was my first exposure to the Free Methodist Church. I was familiar with the teachings of John Wesley, but I was struck by how deeply rooted the mission of justice was in the Free Methodist Church. I love the five freedoms of the denomination and how they shape the life and practice of the local church community. So when I attended annual conference last year I felt a confirmation that this community was a good community to call home.