At WonderKids, we want kids to experience God, know His story, and ultimately find and follow Jesus. We want every child to know they are already known, loved and welcomed by God. We do this in a place where kids can learn like kids and show up with their whole selves — with all of their stories, all their energy and curiosity — everything about them is welcome. My role is to help equip and encourage teachers, helpers, and parents in this work. Children’s ministry is a team sport — it takes a whole church!
A few amazing people helped me learn as a kid that I could actually read and study the Bible myself! But equally important was learning that studying the Bible in community helped me to see things I couldn’t see on my own and helped me know God and His word better. The Bible is beautiful, and the more I learn about it and about God, the more I want to learn! I’m definitely a wanna-be Bible nerd. But honestly, that all starts when you know that hey — this really big book is something that just takes some tools to dig into, and then when you do, it’s super rewarding. Nothing has been more life-changing than that to me!
Ooo — I have lots of hobbies I enjoy, like cooking new foods or walking in the woods, but my favourite thing to do might be playing boardgames. I don’t even need to win, I just love the possibilities and the adventure of it. Strategy games with really big rule books and too many pieces are my favourite thing ever! But since those games aren’t for everyone, most of the time I play whatever will get people together around the table. Settlers of Catan Cities and Knights is a classic at our house, but I’m also really enjoying Wingspan and Cascadia at the moment. My kids destroy me when we play Dutch Blitz, and they are ruthless with Unstable Unicorns.
If I travelled more my answer might be more exciting but honestly if I could find a way to live and work at a summer camp for an entire year, that’d be what I pick! I spent a lot of time at a summer camp as a kid and even as an adult. I’ve done a lot of jobs there – even camp cook! Give me all of the forests and firelight, the songs and stories under the stars, the canoe trips and pudding fights, the grubby clothes and long talks with friends on the dock. Seeing kids try new things and succeed at them, that’s the best ever. I’ll take the mosquitoes if I don’t have to look at a laptop or cell phone anymore!