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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 in her work in the world.

In the fall of 2018, Brittany headed to Minnesota and was looking for a church that wanted to be a community and cared about the things she cared about. She did her research, had a long list of visits planned, and the first one was Grace. She came one Sunday, and never looked back. Now, she’s a deeply involved volunteer helping coordinate things like Neighborhood Church, helping host Sunday morning coffee hours, working on our Children, Youth, and Family Commission, our Church Council, the Grace Choir, and more.

Brittany is following God into her future as well, as she began seminary in the fall of 2020 online with Wartburg Seminary. We’re so, so grateful to have her be part on this family of faith.

Brittany serves as our Interim Director of Children’s Ministries, where she’ll coordinate creative Bible School, connect with families of kids grades 5 and under, and be part of our dynamic staff team. She also works at Barnes and Noble.