It was just a typical day during recess in second grade. My friend Nicole and I were on the playground when I asked her if she knew Jesus. She said no, and I fearlessly explained my very basic understanding of the Gospel – that our sin separates us from God, but through Jesus we can have eternal life. We prayed together right there – just a couple of 7-year-olds on the jungle gym, and Nicole surrendered her life to Christ. That childlike faith and boldness lasted until I entered into High School. By then, I was on the leadership team for my school’s FCA Huddle, I was the captain of my team and made sure we prayed before games, but I didn’t share the Gospel much. I fell into the Enemy's lie that "fitting in" mattered more than my own relationship with Jesus, which impacted the way that I valued the souls of people.
While attending Biola University and serving at a houseboating camp (Sonshine Ministries) in the summers, my pursuit of Jesus truly began. I finally grasped what it meant to have an actual relationship with Him rather than being carried to Him by my parents and the people in my church. I fell in love with Him through spending time in His Word, connecting deeply with His people, and serving/dying to myself so that Christ could live. In 2010, I came on staff with FCA and have dedicated my life to seeing God’s Kingdom expanded and the world impacted for Jesus Christ. What a joy it is to serve the Lord with my parents through this ministry as the Administrative Assistant + Santa Clara University Area Rep.
In March 2017, I married my incredible husband, Rob, and we are expecting our first child in February 2018! Life is a gift!
What’s the first concert you ever went to see?
The W’s and DC Talk – I was in 6th grade
As a child, what was your favorite family tradition?
Wrestling matches & rubber-band wars after dinner
What was your first paying job?
Babysitting, of course! I was 12-years-old taking care of three kids ages 3, 4, and 6. What were those parents thinking??
What's your favorite Bible verse?
We love because He first loved us.
1 John 4:19
Posted on Fri, September 14, 2012
by Whitney Elliott