Welcome, Molly

This introduction is a long time coming! A few months back, there were some necessary changes and shifts for our church staff. One of those was hiring for a Communication Assistant. After many hours of praying, discussing and meeting with potential applicants, it was obvious that (drum roll ....) Molly would be our newest member to the staff team. She comes to us as a recent college graduate, eager to learn and serve the Lord. Molly is in the office part-time and would love to meet you. We asked her a few questions so that you could all get to know her as well. Here we go, church. Here's Molly!

1. Tell us a little bit about where you grew up and how you came to faith.
I’ve lived in the Don Pedro area for most of my life and I went to college in Phoenix, AZ. I was very fortunate to grow up with a family who loves Jesus and attended church regularly. When I was a young child, I remember vividly thinking about the Gospel and not being able to get it out of my head. I thought, even at that age, about the fact that I was lost without Jesus in my life. I told my parents about this and with some guidance from them was able to understand what it meant to be saved through Jesus Christ and put my faith in him. When I was 14 years old and had a deeper understanding of what following Christ looked like, I decided to get baptized. I am forever grateful for how He has worked in my life and the opportunity to grow deeper in my faith each day and serve Him!

2. Was there a class you took or a teacher you had in college that changed the course of your schooling?
The most impactful class I took during college was called design practicum. I went to Grand Canyon University and studied advertising and graphic design. This course helps students know what it takes to succeed in a career post-college. In this course, I attended networking events and job fairs. I also updated my LinkedIn, personal branding, and professional presence and prepared for different kinds of interviews with the help of my peers and professor. However, the most impactful part of this class was creating a physical portfolio book with the best designs and campaigns from all the previous years of college. It was amazing to get feedback from my peers and professor on how to improve as well as get to see the awesome work my classmates had created. This course ended with a showcase that was an incredible event for everyone involved. I will take with me much of what I learned in this course going forward and will not soon forget the practical advice from my professor and peers.

3. Tell us about what exciting life event you have coming up.I recently got engaged to my college sweetheart, Chris Gilles! We are getting married in September and I am beyond excited for this new chapter.

4. Do you have a favorite book of the Bible? What makes it special to you?
I’ve never thought about this before, but I would have to say my favorite book changes depending on what I’m reading and where I am in my life. Right now, I’m reading Psalms and have been getting so much out of this book and finding so much goodness in each chapter.

5. Coffee or tea?

I love tea! I drink it almost every day. Chai is one of my favorites, but I also really love fruit flavored green tea!

6. Beach or lake?
This is a hard one! I would say beach because I love the ocean waves and the sand. Although, I do love the lake and I even worked at one for a time.

7. Pause or rewind time?
I would choose to pause time and savor the moment!

8. Pizza or sandwiches?
Pizza is one of my favorites!

9. Would you rather swallow a live bee or dead fly?
Both sound pretty gross, but I have to choose a dead fly.

10. If you could live anywhere for 30 days where would you choose?
If I could live anywhere for 30 days, I would probably choose to live in a modern treehouse home. That sounds like it would be a fun adventure for 30 days!

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