National Park Team Blogs
Cassandra is currently a Master of Divinity Student at Emory University's Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, GA. She earned a B.A. in Drama & Theatre from Spelman College and a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. Cassandra is a writer, director, producer, editor, actor, web and graphic designer and licensed Baptist minister. She is the Co-Founder of the N.E.W. Youth Leadership Academy, a faith-based arts, policy and eco-advocacy program for at-risk and in-risk youth in Atlanta. Cassandra is a compassionate leader who enjoys working with others and discovering God's true omnipotence in all of creation.
Austin: I was born and raised in Houston, Texas, but have since followed a winding road to Atlanta, GA. After three semesters in St. Louis, a few months in Turkey, a semester in West Africa, and countless hours on the highway, I now happily call Atlanta home, where I attend Emory University. God has blessed me with an interest in all forms of storytelling – fiction and nonfiction, video and photography, song and dance, and whatever else. I love traveling, running, biking, mountaineering, playing guitar or mandolin or harmonica, and having random conversations in unlikely places. Writing has proven to be a perfect medium for my personal reflection, and I am happy to share my words with others. Mindy: The mountains delight me, and the colors of the morning sky mesmerize me. It's easy to get lost in the beauty of creation. Lately I've been aiming to live more like Mary than Martha, learning to love my Creator as my God. So sing me a song, and I'll say that's just fine. Let us worship together. If I could make a joyful noise, I would. I can't, so I'll write a joyful noise instead. I'll write and I'll love, and I'll pray when I can. Now and forever: blessed be His name.
Tobyn: Tobyn Bower is a seminary student at George Fox University in Newberg, OR, pursuing a career in Christian writing and national park tourism. This is his sixth summer serving with ACMNP, having served previously at Zion, Olympic, Sequoia, and Yellowstone National Parks. This is Tobyn's third year as a ministry team leader, and he’s currently working as a front desk worker at Lake Powell Resorts for the extended season. KelLee: KelLee Warren, from Mechanicsburg, PA, is a full-time worker and part-time student studying Music Therapy at Harrisburg Area Community College. Serving with ACMNP at Lake Powell is a step into a more intentional lifestyle for her, and she will be blogging while seeking an earnest heart of adventure and love for the Lord, life, and others. She’s passionate about music, relational ministry, and experiencing God and the outdoors, and she’s excited to bring all these together into one purpose with ACMNP.
Hey, my name is Sarah! I’m going into my fourth year at Kennesaw State University where I’m majoring in Human Services. I’m from the south but hate sweet tea and grits. My biggest fear is killer whales and my biggest weakness is writing “About Me” sections. I enjoy reading, hiking, and Thai food. I experience God the most in nature, and I’m thrilled to see His creation displayed this summer at Sylvan Lake Lodge. I’m blessed that I get to share this opportunity with you! Thank you for reading and keeping up with what the team at Custer State Park is doing.