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Program Staff

Brittany Barkus

Sometimes we follow God across the street, and sometimes we follow God across the world. That’s what Brittany Barkus did when she spent a year with ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission in 2017 and 2018. She spent a year in Australia learning about God, herself, and what it means to accompany the Holy Spirit…

Jared Rendell

Jared directs our Communications and Systems at Grace, and also leads the GraceAbounds Band from behind a vocal mic and an acoustic guitar. He has a decade of worship leading experience from the church sanctuary to the campfire ring. He’s also been coaching churches and organizations on digital, social, and communications strategy for 5+ years. He’s been a member of Grace for 11 years, is married to fellow Anna, and has three kids, Sam, Josie, and Clara.

Vanessa Young

Vanessa is a graduate of Augustana College (IL) and Luther Seminary.  She’s an alum of the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission program, worked with the ELCA Churchwide Office to recruit young adults to serve as ELCA missionaries abroad, and has served on the ELCA Youth Gathering Planning Team since the 2015 Detroit cycle.  Vanessa works with Grace’s middle…