What brought you to The Ridge?

I got plugged into the Junkyard youth group during my senior year of high school.

How has God used The Ridge to impact your life?

I had a rough time in high school and finding a community like the Junkyard was one of my saving graces. The sponsors and those in my car group all made me feel like I belonged somewhere.

As I’ve grown up, The Ridge has continued to give me many opportunities for my faith to grow. Whether it was serving in NYC or on one of the Junkyard mission trips.

At the beginning of this year, I moved to Arkansas where I began an intense battle for my health. After several months of doctor visits, many medical tests, and specialists, I finally obtained a diagnosis. I was diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome; a serious medical condition I will likely have for the rest of my life- there is no cure. One Sunday this summer, when we were visiting Iowa, I came to the Ridge’s Sunday Night service. I was instantly greeted by many friendly and familiar faces. I felt like I was at a wonderful family reunion. After the service, I shared my struggles and frustrations of the diagnosis I had received with some friends who prayed for me and let me cry in front of them. Pastor Mike prayed with me as well. The Ridge is truly a beautiful community and I am so thankful for everyone there who has prayed for me and encouraged me in my faith.

Do you have any specific memories you’d like to share about the Ridge?

There are many awesome memories I have of the Ridge! I think Before the Prom was one of my very favorite memories as well as helping with the Ridge kid camps in the summers! From graduating the WALK class, to participating on many mission trips, to meeting people who I know will stay in my life forever- it’s hard to pick just a few! Being a summer intern was an amazing memory and experience I will always cherish.