Bridging the Gap

UKirk means the world to me. This place carried me through some of my toughest moments and difficult challenges and celebrated my biggest victories. I grew up in PC(USA) churches but when I came to UTK as a freshman I was open to being a part of other churches and campus ministries. I was eager[…]

Why do I love UKirk?

Why do I love UKirk and why am I on the board? These are great questions! The real question behind that question is, “why does a middle age woman serving a church full-time want more responsibility?” It seems that God has been working on my heart for quite some time to answer this particular question,[…]

Serving During a Season of Change Spotlighted UKirk’s Purpose

When Rev. Steve Musick approached me in October 2014 about representing New Providence Presbyterian on the board at UKirk, I didn’t think I was qualified. I didn’t grow up in the Presbyterian church, nor did I participate in campus ministry when I was in college. What did I have to offer other than a warm[…]

Why Campus Ministry?

When I came to UT as a student in the 1980’s one of the first places I went was the Presbyterian Campus Ministry house. I knew nothing about the ministry, but I was proud of my Presbyterian identity, having been active in my hometown church since I was a child. I wanted to connect with[…]

Baptismal Promises

In November 2016, I was asked to be on the board of UKirk. I didn’t hesitate and jumped on the opportunity (even though I have no ties to UTK or have college-age kids). I met Andy at the Middle School fall retreat and have been excited and intrigued by the ministry at UKirk ever since![…]

Full Circle Discipleship: When promisees become promisers

Back in May, when a torrent of emotions flowed as we said goodbye to our seniors, I returned to my office after attending a graduation ceremony to find a small, unassuming envelop that contained a letter and check slid under my door. Upon opening and reading the letter, I realized that the contents were greater[…]

UPerk, A Place to Be.

I love coffee. Anyone who has known me for an extended amount of time has probably picked up on the fact that I am always carrying a ceramic coffee mug and I coordinate them with my outfits. I have a coffee pot in my room and it’s set to brew 5 minutes before my alarm[…]

10 Essentials to Understanding the Young Adult Volunteer Program

10 Things you need to know about YAV YAV stands for Young Adult Volunteers. The Young Adult Volunteer Program is a ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) and is a year long service program open to young adults, ages 19-30. YAVs serve at sites all across the United States and even internationally! YAVs serve communities[…]