Emily Gehman: Leading, Writing, and Counseling

Emily Gehman: Leading, Writing, and Counseling

Emily Gehman serves in a number of roles at BBC&S - from barista in the Underground Cafe to writer for the Communications & Marketing Department.

She uses her many talents to minister and serve on a variety of levels and calls Oxford, MI home when not living in Carter Hall, where she is a Resident Assistant.Emily Gehman

Emily is a senior Counseling major. She enjoys forming relationships and getting involved on campus. She is looking forward to serving and leading on a larger scale after graduation

I always knew I wanted to be in ministry. My youth pastor and his wife are both graduates of BBC. They were the ones who encouraged me to pursue ministry and training here. I don't think I even applied to any other schools. I felt God was leading to BBC and so I followed.

I love spending time with teenage girls, mentoring and loving them toward Christ. When I heard about the counseling program at BBC, it immediately jumped out to me as the best option for my future. The amount of informal counseling that happens in relationships like these is huge and I want to have an impact on girls like my parents and mentors have had on me.

One of the things I love about BBC is how easy it is to get involved on campus. I am an RA and I work in the Underground Cafe, where I have been able to interact with students, faculty, and staff. Sometimes when I see people on the sidewalk, I resist the urge to call them by their favorite drink instead of their real name. I have also served on the Student Leadership Council. God also provided a job in Communications. I have learned so much about writing - rubbing shoulders with experienced writers has taught me much more than I could learn in a class. I have also gotten a better big-picture view of BBC, which I think is an important perspective to have as a student.

I love serving as an RA, probably because I just love people. It's nice to be able to hang out with friends and call it ministry. This is what ministry is all about - building relationships with people as we all grow together in Christ. I love that BBC gives us an opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on experience in our everyday lives through on-campus leadership like RA, SLC, and other roles.

I feel like I have a front-row seat to the action-packed movie starring God. It is really cool to see Him working in the lives of the girls. Sometimes it is hard to step out in uncertain situations, or have conversations that you wish you didn't have to have. But, "as iron sharpens iron" (Proverbs 27:17), we are called to help each other live for Christ in a world where that is not easy to do.

One of my favorite things about working in the Underground is making people smile and roll their eyes at the many coffee puns I try to work into the conversation. For example: "Thanks a latte!" "Espresso yourself!" "Are you having a good day or a 'grande'?"

I was the summer intern at my home church, First Baptist of Rochester, MI. It was an interesting summer. I did everything from directing Vacation Bible School to ministering to our Senior Saints. I was a youth sponsor in my youth group and was able to get to know the students a lot better. I got to go on their summer mission trip, to New Hope for Chicago with Vision for Youth, in July.

I'm excited for what God has for me. Right now, I am waiting until He lets me in on the plan. I would love to be in some type of ministry that would mix my heart for teenagers with my enjoyment of writing. I am considering a master's degree in written communications and/or Bible and theology. I hope to write and teach Bible studies for teen girls and women in either a local church or a parachurch organization.

I'm looking forward to connecting with people who have experience in the different fields that I'm interested in (writing, youth ministry, women's ministry) and learning from veterans. There are so many possibilities that I have been equipped for. I simply cannot wait to jump into the role God has for my future, even though I might not know what exactly that is right now.

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Posted on: 11/14/2011 12:05:09 PM

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