Of the many things I love about my job, the thing I look forward to most is spending time with our students. We have amazing students; young women and men who are full of so much life and seeking to become all that God created them to be. I treasure the opportunities I have to spend time with them. It reminds me why I feel so blessed to engage in the work that I do. Our High School Ministry staff share this sentiment and it has been out of this deep sense of call and care for them that we have walked through the last year serving our students.
Rev. Daniel Triller has been leading the High School Ministry team and serving as our Interim Director of High School Ministries. Throughout his time here, I have been continually impressed with how gifted he is for ministry, and by how much he cares for our students. Our ministry to our students has increased in both its quality and depth since Daniel joined our team.
Daniel’s leadership has also provided us the needed space to search for the person that will fill the Director position long-term. During this time we have worked within our regular networks to find a suitable candidate. Unfortunately, this has proved harder than we would have liked and we are still searching. This past month we partnered with a church-staffing firm to help us in this process. We are hopeful for what will come of this partnership and for the person we believe God has waiting to come work with our students.
This time has allowed Daniel to discern that while he loves and feels called to serve at BelPres, he feels that his gifts and talents will be better used in other areas of ministry. To that end, Daniel has pursued another pastoral position here to further expand our men’s, new members, and hospitality ministries. We are excited for the energy, excitement, and passion that he will bring to those areas. He will, however, wait to fully step into this new role until we have filled the Director position.
Additionally, we have the pleasure of welcoming Danielle Merseles to our staff. Danielle will serve as a Pastoral Resident in Family Life Ministries with a focus in High School Ministries. Danielle has served as a volunteer leader for the past seven years and on staff for the past four years. In addition to pursuing her Master of Divinity from Seattle Pacific Seminary, Danielle has begun the process of seeking ordination. She is well-gifted, skilled, and she loves our students deeply. We feel so blessed that she has chosen to join our team.
Daniel and Danielle, along with our High School interns, Lauryn Schrock and David Dovgopolyy, are an amazing team and will continue to serve our students well during this season of transition. I know that they are passionate about our students and helping them develop their relationships with Jesus as we seek to revive the Eastside and beyond.
I look forward to seeing you around BelPres and ask that you keep this team and our students in your prayers.