Welcome, Ashley Crisp!
Over the Memorial Day weekend, I sent Southside’s new children’s minister, Ashley Crisp, some questions for an email interview that might be helpful in getting our church family acquainted with her. She’s likeable and has a high sense of calling to minister to children. This is part #1 of my interview with Ashley. We will conclude it in the July Newsletter. She will begin her work with us in late summer.
Here’s the interview...
Q: Who is “Ashley Crisp”?
Wow, such a big question! I’m a lover of Jesus, books, baseball (Go Rangers!), chips and queso and being outside. I enjoy being with my family and spending time with friends.
Q: Where do you call home?
I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. I lived in Abilene for 6 years during college and graduate school. I’m real excited to live in a place with a few more trees than Abilene!
Q: What was life like in your family growing up?
Loud! I’m the oldest of five, so there was rarely a quiet or calm moment. In our house if you wanted to be heard, you just yelled over everyone else!
Q: How many brothers and sisters do you have? Parents/siblings still living?
I have three sister (Brooke, Beth and Annie) and a brother (Matt). We’re spread from across Texas, from Abilene to Tyler. Brooke is getting married in September, so Matt is excited to add another boy to family gatherings! Both of my parents live nearby, so I get to see each of them on a regular basis.
Q: When you visited Southside, give me some of your impressions.
Everyone was very welcoming! I enjoyed getting to talk to many of you and observing the community interact together. I loved getting to meet some of the kids and their families. I’m excited to get to partner with them.
Q: Your professional training is in speech pathology, right? What led you to children’s ministry?
You’re right, currently I am a speech language pathologist in the public schools. I’ve been a volunteer in children’s ministry since middle school. When I started college, I was quickly introduced to the children’s minister at my church and I never looked back. I ended up being the resident intern there for over four years. I became engaged with ways to teach children how to love God and interact with the Bible through imagination. Those students taught me so much and given me the desire to walk next to children on their spiritual journeys.
Part 2 in July!!