Influenced by her family of seven from western Nebraska, Carissa grew up knowing God sacrificed His Son to save her, and that He is with her, hears her, and holds her. Now as a young adult, Carissa is discovering her Lord as her Provider, Friend, Pursuer of her heart, Source of Strength, Joy Giver, Hope, and Help. Carissa has served as a youth leader, speaker and worship leader in CFO, as captain of the Wheaton College Women’s Basketball Team, as youth pastor at RPC Church in NYC, and as an emergency medical provider on her county’s volunteer rescue squad. As a former collegiate basketball player and in her current experiences with the emergency medical field, she has learned many lessons about the spiritual journey through continued exposure to discipline, injury, and disappointment. Carissa has learned much about humble service, the unfathomable love of God, and our call to continual growth and deeper intimacy with Jesus Christ. Carissa has also experienced the blessings of the wider body of Christ through both long and short term mission and vision trips to Peru. Carissa’s passion is to share these learned things, and more importantly the love of God, with His children.