Christy Laurenzo: Kids' Ministry Director /
Christy has a lifelong passion for learning and teaching. As the leader of our church’s Kids’ Ministry, she has the privilege of doing both on a regular basis. She also has a built-in excuse to play on the floor with kids, which is pretty much the coolest job perk ever.
After being born in Santa Monica, CA, Christy grew up in Salem, OR with her parents and sisters. After high school, she attended Pacific Lutheran University. While she was there, she earned majors in English and Education along with minors in Spanish and French. She then spent 10 years as a foreign student advisor at her alma mater and Seattle Pacific University. She then went back to school and received her Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She has taught at Eugene Bible College and is now an adjunct professor at Northwest University.
Between being a student and being a teacher, Christy landed her dream job at the University of Washington, working in the Department of Global Health for five years with research physicians seeking to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. She coordinated international conferences for research groups and had the honor of travelling to South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Amsterdam and Paris. During her time at UW, her group did research on an antiretroviral drug which as a result is now FDA-approved and is being used to help stop the spread of AIDS across the globe. Christy has always been a world traveler with a heart for foreign missions, having served in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti, Japan, Peru, and the Philippines.
Christy married Dan in 2013, and was immediately indoctrinated into his fabulous Italian family that regularly overwhelms her by talking all at the same time. When she’s not teaching or working at the church she loves to read, run, hike, dabble at watercolor painting, visit family and friends, and buy statement earrings.