1. Tell us about yourself.
My name is Rachel, and I’m a Kentucky transplant. I hail originally from the Chicago area – grew up in Hammond, Indiana, and finished high school in Oak Park, Illinois. My husband, Taylor, and I met back in college at the University of Illinois through a Christian ministry called Cru. Just this January we tied the knot, and I joined him here in Oak Grove. I miss Chicago and the big city vibe, but I am learning to love the Oak Grove and Madisonville areas and the slower pace (plus Nashville is close!).
My vocation is completely rooted in my relationship with Christ – in high school, God wrecked this sheltered girl's world and showed me the nearness of the tragedies of this world: poverty, human trafficking, family brokenness, suicide, and the like. He called me to be part of the solution, to show his peace in this world as He is making all things new. Now, I do His work as a school-based therapist in Hopkins County, walking alongside middle and high schoolers. I have the sweet opportunity to show love to students who are living with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, difficult home situations, behavioral issues, and more. This vocation can be emotionally and mentally taxing, so I love to be creative in my free time (sketching or hand-lettering lately) to decompress and exercise my brain in a different way.
2. How did you come to Faith Family Church?
Taylor and I were searching for churches in the area, and did not feel like we found the place God was leading us yet. We received a mailer from Faith Family Church, which prompted us to visit, and we didn’t have to search anymore!
It is such a relief having a church “home,” where we can serve others, reach out to the community, and get filled up with Christ-centered teaching.
3. How has the Christ-centered, expositional teaching helped you to grow?
Teaching that is solid and Christ-centered is life-giving and life-changing. Each week, I learn more about Christ and how faith saturates every area of my life. I recently started walking through the book of Mark during my morning quiet times, and now the sermon series is also on Mark! It has been wonderful working through the texts, and then a few weeks later hearing it preached upon and still learning something new.
4. What have you been reading recently?
When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
- A great book about how to help those in need without unintentionally hurting them or yourself. A must read!!
The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath by Mark Buchanan
- Taylor and I are reading this together as a way to slow down and truly appreciate resting in God. It’s changed how we view rest and Sabbath immensely.
5. When you get home from work, what do you look forward to doing? (What are your other passions?)
I love coming home and giving my husband a giant hug. We’ve made a habit of serving each other by switching off who cooks dinner, and then the other person cleans up. We love having slow, restful evenings full of reading, movie-watching, and prayer time. Sometimes I’ll pull out my art bin and work on something creative – from decorating my planner to putting together something for the walls of our home. We also love having other military couples over for dinner and board games!
6. You put that you are going to Hopkins County Schools. Tell us what that looks for you.
Going to Hopkins County Schools looks like showering students and staff with Christ’s love.
I have the unique opportunity to show teens who are going through hurt an example of a Christ-follower and of the life abundant they can have.
I also come into contact with school staff, paraprofessionals, and clinic staff that I enjoy learning from and speaking truth into their lives.