Jesus Is Pretty Cool
An informal interview with Collin Kern
Tell us about yourself, Collin.
My name is Collin Kern. I’m 16 years old, the youngest of 5 awesome siblings. I love running almost as much as talking to people. I’m tall, handsome and humble and I make up for my lack of artistic ability with above average dance skills. I’ve grown up at Hope Church, and I love Camp Ojibway. This year I’ve been the Family Ministry Intern…and I think Jesus is pretty cool.
What do you do as the Family Ministry Intern?
On an “average” Sunday, I meet and talk with Heidi, Molly and Wally, we pray together, and then bring the Character of the Day to their “dressing room and make-up team.” (You’ve probably been hearing a lot of talk about the pretty sweet characters that visit during the children’s message at 11:00 on Sundays.) Then I help Heidi set up for the day, sneak off to my small group, come back for the children’s message, and then go to Kids’ Church with a terrific group of teen helpers.
Sounds like a good routine in ministry!
Yes, but you can’t really call any Sunday morning or Wednesday evening at KWAM “average.” Each day is filled with different surprises, and challenges. Sometimes I’m marrying Kendall Bradley in church (because we are Ruth and Boaz), dancing on stage, simply making connections with other leaders, or finally learning how to make a paper airplane. I have never had a dull day in Family Ministries!
How has this internship impacted your love for Hope Church?
I look forward to coming to church every Wednesday and Sunday. Each day, I am surrounded with loving and energetic leaders ready to serve excited children, and I get to witness the awesome grace and power of God. Through this blessing of an experience, I have learned that when spreading God’s truth, the most important ingredients are love, patience, prayer, and positive energy. As Heidi always reminds us at KWAM, “Names Matter, Play is Sacred, and Relationships are a Priority!”
What’s your prayer for Hope Church?
My hope is that the Camp Ojibway spirit (Jesus’ Spirit) is always present at Hope Church, and it can be a “Fun Place of Refuge” for all God’s children, because like I said, Jesus is pretty cool.
Collin Kern, Family Ministries Intern