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Transition for our Student Ministry

By Chad Mattingly in Church Life on May 9, 2018

It is hard to believe that the end of this month, Chris Aleman will have worked with our students for three years. From our first conversation, I knew that I was meeting a brother with an incredible heart for God and passion for young people. Over these years, he touched the lives of our students with wisdom, kindness, joy and sincerity. Without question, it is  my belief that God has called and gifted Chris for vocational ministry.  If you were in worship this past Sunday, Chris’ gifts were on full display as he led us in heartfelt prayer and sang a song called, “Come to the Table.” It was truly beautiful.

Chris’ ministry at KCC is coming to an end. He has decided that God is calling him to a new, full-time Youth and Worship Leader position in Texarkana. He will start in early June and looks forward to the opportunity for he and Marissa (his wife) to step out and follow God into a new adventure. His last Sunday will be May 20, Graduate Recognition Sunday, followed by a reception. Our blessing and prayers will go with him.

With our recent growth in children and students, and the launch of our new worship service on the horizon, our student ministry is in need of new, strong leadership. On behalf of our search team (Karen Tillett, Stan Hollibaugh, Zach and Reagan Morris and myself), let me introduce you to our new Youth Director, Lorellye Graham. Lorellye is a recent TCU graduate and Christian Church (DOC) pastor’s kid who loves the church and seeks to offer her gifts to see it flourish. Here is an excerpt from her resume cover letter.

I’m grateful to be considered for the position of Youth Director at Kingwood Christian Church. 

I am a hardworking recent college graduate from Texas Christian University. During my academic career, I accrued nearly 3 years of work experience. I had the privilege of working for Central Christian Church, Waco, TX in a Youth Ministry Intern role in my free time, where I learned valuable professional skills such as creating and maintaining relationships, and planning and orchestrating programs. My time at CCC in Waco was spent collaborating with the other staff to plan mission trips, vacation bible school, and going to camp. 

I have led music in both the Tri-Area and Mission west area camps.  In both my academic, spiritual, and professional life, I have been consistently known as proactive by my professors and peers. Whether working on academic, extracurricular, or professional projects, I apply proven critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills, which I hope to incorporate into the Youth Ministry position at your church.

Lorellye is currently working on her Masters in Psychology at University of Houston and has plans of staying close to family here in the Houston area. The search team unanimously agrees that Lorellye is the perfect leader for this unique season in the life of KCC. With great excitement and anticipation, Lorellye begins her ministry at KCC on May 22.

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