Hometown: Evansville, IN
School: Graduated from University of Southern Indiana in 2016
I was raised in a Christian family. I went to youth group and church regularly. For most of my life I would have said I was saved because I said a prayer and because of how active I was in my church. During my senior year of high school I started to rebel and was living a double life. I was eventually caught in my rebellion and saw this as a “wake-up call” from God. Because of this my attitude from the end of my senior year in high school to my freshman year of college was that I needed to work harder at becoming a “real” Christian. This meant reading more, praying and doing more Christian things, what ever that means. During my freshman year of college I met Andrew Lingg who started bringing me around to Campus Outreach events. Through some of these events and through the time Andrew invested in me, I came to the realization that God was not impressed with how much I did. A verse that helped me understand this was Isaiah 64:6 “…And all our righteous deeds are like polluted garments.” I finally understood that Christ lived a perfect life on my behalf and took the punishment for my sin that I deserve so that God could now love me as his child. Since coming and trusting in the gospel I can now freely seek to now Christ not out of a performance but in an effort to grow closer to my heavenly father.