I born in Memphis, but grew up in Tupelo Mississippi, where I was raised in a Christ centered home. My parents and family always encouraged myself and my 2 siblings to "teach the gospel everywhere I go, and if necessary use words." As a teenager, I was very involved in the youth ministry at The Orchard Church, but was involved because I thought that was just what you are to do if your are a Christian. In 8th grade, I was on a youth retreat and the speaker explained that being a Christian is about the relationship you have with God. I realized that I was just doing theses "christian things" because I was worried about what people would think about me. That weekend God saved me, by showing me being a Christian is about the relationship I have with him. After that weekend I knew I wanted students younger than me to understand that also, so during middle school I served in children's ministry. While serving as a 3rd grade girl's Sunday school teacher, I found a passion for teaching, and felt that the Lord was showing me that I needed to become a teacher in a school setting. I enrolled at Mississippi State University in Elementary Education with the goal to teach in a school setting then later on go back to school and become a Principal, but the Lord had different plans.
When I was about to graduate from Mississippi State University, the Lord began to stir in my heart that he wanted to use me in a Church, instead of a school setting and literally wiped my plans out from under me. I fought His plans for a long time, and after missing an opportunity to share the gospel with a student while I was student teaching in a public school setting, I knew I never wanted that happen again. I decided to move back to Tupelo and accepted a position at The Orchard where I served for over 3 years. During this time I started to feel that I needed to have more biblical knowledge about Jesus' life and teachings. In August of 2016, I moved to Memphis not really knowing what my future plans would be but just knew that I wanted to know what true discipleship meant, so I accepted a position in Downline Emerging Leaders Program.
During my time in Downline, the Lord started writing new plans for my life! Mitch Huelsing, who I had met during his Physical Therapy rotation in Tupelo, and I began to date with the intentions to marry, so on June 3, 2017, we began our lives together. Everyday I am thankful that His plan worked out and I can hardly wait to see how it continues to grow and change here in Memphis and at Harvest.
My Hope For Harvest
My hope for Harvest is that each student that comes in the doors will have a better understanding of the Gospel, can express it to someone, have the passion and understanding of what being a Disciple of Jesus is while making their way though life.