sees the big picture.She
considers multiple sides of an issue and uses the information to make strategic plans.She
honed these skills as a member of the debate team in high school.When she went to college at Michigan State University, she chose International Relations as a major.
With plans to go into law or seek a government position, Laura
was confident that her
big picture, strategic-thinking approach would be an asset.
While at school, Laura
also began to learn how to submit her
life to God.She
was a Christian when she
came to college and quickly became involved in InterVarsity
began to learn obedience.When God asked her to lead a small group Bible study in her dorm, she did.
continued to pursue a career path in international relations.
senior year, Laura
applied for a prestigious fellowship.Her
written application was outstanding.She
had taken all the right classes and her
references spoke well of her
abilities.But when it came time for Laura
to present herself personally to the fellowship search committee, she
did not do well.As she
says, "It was a lousy interview."
went over the experience with her
suggested that Laura
pursue a career where her
passions and personality intersected.As she
thought over this advice, Laura
realized that she
had a passion for student ministry; and with the encouragement of the InterVarsity
staff at Michigan State, Laura
applied to work on campus.Laura has had extensive experience on staff, starting as a campus staff at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.She
soon moved to northern Michigan and worked with the chapters at Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan University
.During these assignments she
gift of strategic thinking.
looked at the big picture, she
could see the InterVarsity
chapter that would be a witnessing community on campus-One that declares the gospel to non-believers and encourages Christians in their spiritual journeys.She
could see where lack of focus or activity was hampering this goal.As she
challenged the students to consider where their chapter might grow, Laura
herself grew in her
enjoyed mentoring the students and "watching the light bulb go off" when they understood the point she
was presenting.In 1997 Laura moved to New Jersey and worked at The College of New Jersey.In 2000 she became the area director for Central/South New Jersey.After five years as area director, she returned to the role of campus staff member and is currently the team leader for New Jersey Christian Fellowship, the InterVarsity chapter at The College of New Jersey.
is using her
gifts as a teacher and big picture thinker.