Anchorage, Alaska (Trip is full) - 2021
DateJuly 12 - July 19, 2021
James & Heather Blackshear
Kristin serves as the Ministry Director for Hyphen, the young adult ministry of UPCI’s Youth Ministries. At New Life Christian Center in Lancaster, Ohio, she serves as a Worship Leader and a part of the NLCC Young Adult Staff. In 2005 she graduated from Indiana Bible College with a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts and Music and in 2007 from Liberty University with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration specializing in International Business. In 2014 she graduated as Dr. Kristin Keller from the Institute for Worship Studies with a Doctor of Worship Studies Degree. As she travels to unique cities and countries, Kristin enjoys exploring the various coffee and shopping scenes. Her passion is for students and young adults to connect their God-given abilities to Kingdom opportunities for the purpose of building the church.
Michael & DeAnna Thomas
Michael & DeAnna Thomas joined the UPCI Youth Ministries team in January of 2018. Before joining the team, Michael lived in Gadsden, Alabama where he served on staff at Church on the Rock as assistant pastor and youth pastor. Michael has been involved in youth ministry on the local and district level for over sixteen years. His youth ministry experience includes serving as youth pastor, sectional director, district youth secretary as well as youth president for Alabama. Michael is privileged to be an ordained minister of the UPCI and is excited to serve this incredible generation of apostolic youth and young adults.
Michael met his beautiful wife at a youth camp and after many years of pursuit convinced her to marry him. Michael and DeAnna have been married for 14 years now and are parents to an eight-year-old, blue-eyed ray of sunshine named Myla Joy. The Thomas family also recently welcomed a new duo to the family, Jayla Hope and Judah Michael. Michael attended Gateway College of Evangelism/Urshan College and continues his educational pursuits through Hope International University. Michael enjoys running, kayaking, golfing and going on adventures
We will be arranging some different homeless serving projects.
I have met so many people through AYC and my personal network spans globally because of it. But its not just ANY people that I have met. Its the servants. The ones who give up so much to take the gospel to every nation, and the ones who skimped and saved to experience one week giving of themselves to others. Those who have gone for a few months, to those who live on the mission field. Those overseas and those on home soil. The ones who face down loneliness, discouragement, and isolation to do what God has called them to do. I’m proud to know the servants. I have learned so much about the servants heart in the years of going on AYC trips. Every trip gives me more insight on how I can serve, both in my church and my community. I wouldn’t trade the experiences I’ve had, the places and things I’ve seen, the lessons I’ve learned, and the people I’ve met for anything offered.
Keeleigh White | Billings, Montana