Hi, I'm Carissa

Hey friends! I’m Carissa.

I’m interning with ALIVE for the summer of 2016 and secretly (not so secretly) hoping to stay plugged in for a long time to come! I’ll be assisting with social media during the week, and helping out with the worship team on the weekends. I’m super excited to be a part of the ALIVE team and to be able to witness all the awesome things God is doing through this ministry.

I was born in Illinois, but my family moved to California when I was 6 years old to plant a church in Bakersfield, California. My awesome family consists of my dad, David, my mom, Jan, and my two brothers Michael and Anthony. My parents both work in full time ministry. Michael lives and works in Washington D.C., and is also part of a new church plant there, and Anthony is getting ready to finish up high school this year. We all love to explore the outdoors and enjoy the beautiful creation God has made for us!

I graduated high school in 3 years and was involved in theatre and orchestra. It was a crazy time, but somehow I made it out alive! Now I’m a Communications major at Milligan, concentrating in Digital Media and pursuing two minors in Photography and Bible. So I guess it’s still pretty crazy! But I absolutely love what I get to do now, and I’m super thankful for a college environment where I’m daily pushed be in closer relationship with Jesus.

As far as what I want to do with my degree…? Well I’m not so sure anymore! I recently finished a semester long internship with Mountain Christian Church in Maryland. I worked with video and social media there as well, but I also got the opportunity to teach a small group… and absolutely LOVED IT! During my internship with ALIVE I’ll be working more on those teaching skills as well and working to discover what sort of plan God has for me. I’m not quite sure where he’s leading me now, but I know it’s going to be awesome!

There’s something else you should know about me…

I ride a unicycle.

It’s true! (I blame my brother Anthony for getting me started.) I can’t do any crazy tricks like my brother can (he just went to an INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION last month!), but I do enjoy riding around campus when I get the chance. 

Besides my crazy unicycling hobby I enjoy music, photography, and going on adventures (and Netflix binge-watching, but I’m not sure if that really counts as a “hobby”). I play the guitar, the cello, and I sing, and I very occasionally write music of my own. I’d love to write my own album some day, but I’ll have to start writing a lot more music if that’s ever going to happen!

I’m a lover of sloths and cats, and I even have a small (but growing!) collection of sloth-related things… And my host family for the summer has THREE cats (#blessed)!!!

I’m pretty shy at first, but once you bring out my craziness there’s no turning back! I’m excited to be working with ALIVE this summer and to get to know all of you a little more. Don’t be afraid to come up and introduce yourself to me (cause I might be a little nervous to introduce myself to you too!), and let’s hang out sometime!