October 8, 2020
Galilee is happy to announce that we’ve hired Lisa Collins as Youth Ministry Coordinator. This is an extraordinary season for ministry of any kind, as we are still on an all-virtual footing, so Lisa’s extensive experience with the technology of corporate training and her lifelong commitment to the church makes her the exact right fit! She started on the job last week.
Lisa has a background in the sort of distance learning that the rest of us have only just adopted.
Lisa and her family have been attending Galilee since the late 1990s. She grew up in Hamilton in western Loudoun County and graduated from Loudoun Valley High School.
“In high school, my church Youth Group was my social network,” says Lisa. “That set me up for looking for similar experiences in college at Mary Washington, where I got involved in campus ministries eventually taking leadership roles. That’s the path I want to mark out for our Galilee kids…a way of taking their faith forward into whatever life holds for them.”
“The virtual aspect of ministry doesn’t daunt me. I just left a long career in corporate training where I loved designing programs and preparing subject matter experts to teach. I led a virtual team with members living in eight different countries. I am a certified nerd when it comes to distance learning and talking about learning objectives and test questions.”
“In the last few years, I’ve experienced changes in my life. These experiences prepared me to have the courage to leave my career and trust God, who seemed to be telling me that there was somewhere else I needed to be. My family will tell you that I stood on the side of the boat for a looong time before I finally stepped out.”
“About the time I found my courage to make a change, Galilee found itself needing someone to lead the Youth. I think that shows that God has a plan even when you don’t!”
Lisa with her husband Rodney and family. Brian is a senior at PFHS, Erica is a student at W&M.
Like many Galilee parents, the Collins began volunteering in children’s ministry when their kids came along. They have taught, chaperoned, and mentored at every level from preschool to youth ministry. Lisa has also led a Parents of Teens small group, so she’s seen Youth Ministry from both sides.
Outside of church, Lisa is active in the Potomac Falls Band Boosters (“I am really missing all their usual fall activities” she says) and was a Girl Scout leader for many years. “I am now a mentor for Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital working with high schoolers as they develop their leadership projects to achieve their Gold Award.”
Youth@Galilee programs will be virtual for a while. “Having worked with virtual team members and run many virtual courses, I am comfortable in that world and I am confident we can make connections and continue to grow in our faith even in these strange times,” explains Lisa.
“Big picture for me is to create a place where youth feel like they can be their true selves while they grow in their faith and learn the importance of loving and serving others. It is my hope that they will search out similar activities when they leave high school because faith is important to them.”
“This is a coordinator role so how many and what kind of activities we plan will depend a lot on the volunteer support. I would love to hear from anyone interested in volunteering. In the virtual world – you don’t even have to live close. It’s a great way for older college students to stay involved in their church too.
Email Lisa if you’re interested in volunteering.
- The first Sunday Night Youth Group – Virtual Edition will be October 18. This will be a time to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones.
- Youth@Galilee Parents will also have an opportunity to get to know each other with a virtual social for them planned for November 2.
- Watch the eNews for details and follow us on Instagram. Applications for Youth Council are now being taken too.
- Click on galileeumc.org/youth for links to the above events and for all the latest updates.