Marissa Walters: Leadership Development Recipient

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Going into ministry is something that has been on my heart for quite some time.

I was blessed to be born and raised in a Christian home. I grew up attending Sunday School, Catechism, GEMS, youth group, etc. I never disliked going to church. In fact, I loved being involved in church and looked for any leadership roles or positions that suited the gifts that God had given me.

God has given me a heart for ministry.

He made this clear as I changed my major and transferred schools during my college years. Working for the church is where my heart, passion, and gifts match God’s heart for me and his desire for advancement of the kingdom. I would work as a volunteer in the church my whole life because it is my passion and deep desire to advance the kingdom of God and to make disciples. Jesus is my life and I would be nothing without him.

Being able to share him with others as my full-time job is something that he created me to do. I am filled with joy and have so been transformed by Christ that I wouldn’t want to miss an opportunity for anyone to come into a relationship with the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ.

I don’t fully know where God is calling me to serve at this time as I have many passions and ideas of where my gifts could best be used. However, I could see myself as a Bible teacher in a Christian school with a part-time youth and outreach position in a church. This seems to fit my gift of teaching, love for kids, and passion for outreach.


However, I have also been serving as a volunteer in the high school youth group at my church for the past three years. It has been a blessing to get to know the high schoolers on a deeper level and help them understand who Jesus is and why he is important.

Along with this, I have been teaching Sunday school and this is where my love and passion for teaching is displayed. I love the innocence of third graders and how they are not afraid to ask questions.

These two volunteer roles have encouraged my love for kids and for teaching, that God may want to continue through a leadership position in a church. Being the outreach intern for a summer also opens up more doors of possible ministry positions. I could see myself possibly being a youth and outreach director in a church for a few years before I go into teaching or as a lifelong calling.

God hasn’t made it clear exactly what he wants me to do, but he has made it clear that he wants me to go to seminary and pursue a vocation in ministry.

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