I was born and raised in Tyler, Texas, and I come from a blended family with five sisters. Growing up I was challenged to try new things and make my own choices, but most importantly I was taught what it looked like to follow Jesus. My family continued to encourage me to do just that as I headed to College Station to attend Texas A&M. I didn’t come from a long line of Aggies, but after one visit (really one visit to Kyle Field) I was sold. I was unsure what was ahead but excited to be a part of it.
It was at A&M that I felt a desire to go into full-time ministry. I got involved in a Christian sorority, volunteered at a ministry called Save our Streets, and spent my summers at Camp Ozark. Through those experiences I knew pursuing a degree in youth development, in hopes to go into ministry, was the path I wanted to follow. There were many ups and downs those four years, and going into senior year many decisions had to be made. But one constant was the sense of peace I had about going into ministry. The next question was, where?
Camp Ozark was the most life-changing experience I had in college. It brought me into a deeper relationship with Jesus, refined my character, improved my work ethic, and brought me my very best friends. The easiest “yes” I made was coming on full time there after graduation in 2016. I had the opportunity to work for the Camp Ozark Foundation where I headed up the program that gives scholarships to under-served kids in Houston, Dallas, and Louisiana.
Working for Camp Ozark for seven years (four in college and three full time) is something I cannot be more thankful for. It was in the last three years that God opened my heart and the door to pursue ministry within the church. From the moment I visited City Church I could feel the work of God being done, and I wanted to join in as quickly as I could.
While I have not always understood why the steps in my life went in certain directions, I have always been guided by God’s faithful hand. The same is true for my steps into this role as City Kids Coordinator at City Church. I want to help families build up Christ-followers and to have kids and families alike see how known and loved they are by Jesus. Since college, I have lived my life by John 10:10: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Jesus didn’t just come to give us life, he came to give us life in full, in abundance.
We get an abundant life when we exchange our plans, desires, and dreams for those of Jesus. My prayer for City Kids is that each and every child who enters our doors would learn this, believe this, and then live this out. I am excited for my new chapter at City Church, and I am so thankful for the opportunity given to me. I am confident that God will do big things through City Church, and I am honored to be apart of it.
What will be the story you tell about how God brought you to serve at City Church? Join Sara in serving our City Kids.