Angela LaVallie is the Member Connection Program Director at The Church of the Resurrection. She provides oversight to our member connection efforts through the Connection Point, the Weekday Hospitality Team, Coffee With the Pastors, the New Member Team and our Spiritual Gifts Placement Team.
While my journey hasn’t been nearly as eventful and dangerous as Joseph’s was, I am thankful, just the same, that God was there to guide me and protect me along the way.
I grew up in a medium-sized town in Indiana, and when I graduated high school decided to stay in my hometown for college. I was comfortable there and near my family and friends. I came out to Kansas “temporarily” in March 2006 to stay with my cousin and her husband to help them care for their then six-month-old son. The two weeks I was supposed to watch him turned into thirteen months. At the end of those thirteen months, I was planning to move back to Indiana when a new friend here in Kansas asked me to move in with her while her husband was deployed to Iraq so she would not have to live alone. When I decided to stay in Kansas for that next year, I fully intended to go back to Indiana. Since I was staying, I had to find a job and so applied for one at The Church of the Resurrection. I didn’t do so because I was necessarily looking to work in ministry, but because I thought it would be a good place to work (and it is!).
Since I have become a member and come on staff at Resurrection four and a half years ago, I have learned and stretched and grown immensely as a person and as a Christian. Because of my experiences here, I think am better prepared for what I am doing right now and for whatever God has for me next.
I feel like God was protecting me from myself as he led me to the place I am now. One of my biggest fears—and one of the reasons I never wanted to move away from my hometown—is being alone. But God worked through new friends and great co-workers in Kansas to show me that I wasn’t alone and that he was with me. If God had said to me six years ago, “Angela, I want you to go work at a church in Kansas,” I am pretty sure I would have said no. But God knows me, and he knew that at that time my faith wasn’t strong enough to say yes to that. So, he gave me other opportunities that I could say yes to to lead me to where I am. What opportunities is God giving you that you can say yes to?
Although I do not know what he’ll end up asking me to do in the future, I am confident that, if I am open to His guidance and trust that he will show me right where I need to be, God will lead me and use me for His plan.
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