My name is Joel Mancini. I was born in Dallas, Texas but proudly raised in Houston. After graduating from High School, I moved to Denton to attend The University of North Texas as a Music Major. For the first year I studied composition with a concentration in trombone performance. It was during that time that the Lord changed my heart and started guiding me towards vocational ministry. I spent last summer as a High School Counselor at Pine Cove where I met many of your kids! After finishing last summer, I transferred to Criswell College in Downtown Dallas where I am now a Junior studying Ministry and Church Planting.
The Lord saved me at the age of seven and I got baptized shortly after as a public profession of my faith. Within that same year my parents divorced causing a huge unaddressed burden on my life. My father always lived close by and I continued attending church, but by no means was I glorifying God with my life. It wasn’t until my sophomore year of High School when I was having lunch with an older family friend that God shook me to the core. This guy challenged my faith by asking intentional and personal questions about my relationship with God. He said that I had a decision to make. Would I take up the call that God gives to every believer to make Him and His Word known to the world? Or would I continue to ignore God and pursue my own interests? I left lunch that day changed. It was from that point on that I was motivated to serve Christ with my life.
The next two years of High School, God used me to lead two of my best friends to Christ. God became so real to me when I saw those friends completely transformed by the gospel. After graduating I had no plans to go into vocational ministry, but God had different plans! Here I am serving your students at The Height this summer. As I pray and meditate going into this summer season, I am reminded of Ezra and his willingness to follow God and serve his people–“For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.” Ezra 7:10
Hi, I am Marisa Mulloy and I am pumped to be back at The Heights! This is a place that has been so vital to my Spiritual journey and growth. I’ve been attending the Heights since I was in the 4th grade, but it wasn’t until Chi Alpha of my Sophomore year that I really understood the Gospel and what it meant to be God’s beloved. The years before this I struggled with trying to find my approval and worth in what people thought about me and how I was perceived by my boyfriend, my friends, my grades and anything else that I thought could give me some sort of identity.
This coming fall I will be a sophomore at Baylor University where I am studying International Business and Non-Profit Marketing. The Lord has really given me a passion for travel and social justice. I am not completely clear on what I will be doing after school, but I feel at peace in what my degree will teach me and how the Lord will be able to use that to further His Kingdom. Since I went to England with The Heights, the Lord has really put a special place in my heart for students.
I’m so excited to get to meet and love on some girls this summer and to be able to affirm that their identity and worth is found in the blood of Jesus only. More than anything, I hope to be able to help girls understand more deeply what it means to be a Christ-follower and to live their lives here with the perspective that they are missionaries on their own unique mission field. I’m so expectant for the Lord to move mightily in this ministry and through this Church!
The scripture I’ve been praying for this summer is Ephesians 3:17-19 which says: “I pray that you, being rooted and established in love together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” My hope is that this summer the students and I will be pushed into a new and deeper understanding of Christ’s love.
Hey! I am Liz Wilson. I grew up going to The Heights and became a Christian when I was about 7, but it wasn’t until I went to beach camp with Heights Students that I decided to truly put my identity in Christ. Throughout high school I struggled with depression and anxiety. The student ministry staff and leaders helped me through the ups and downs of high school by continually pointing me back to Christ and the Bible. They gave me clear, practical examples of what it looks like to walk with Christ.
I go to Dallas Baptist University and I am a nursing major. I feel like the Lord has given me a passion for people and missions, and a fascination with how the human body works. I hope that one day I will be able to use my nursing degree to help others and in turn make God known. After I graduated from Allen High School, I took a gap year and served in England for a year. During that year, the Lord taught me a lot about himself and myself. He placed in my heart a new appreciation for working with students and showed me the importance of equipping younger generations.
Although the Lord has placed a passion for nursing in my heart, He has also given me a huge heart for students! I am so honored and blessed to be a part of The Heights Students staff for the summer. I am so excited to get to know the junior high students and hang out with them.
A verse that I have prayed over myself and the staff for this summer is found in 1 Peter 5:2. “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them- not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve.” I feel like the Lord has given me this verse to remind me that ministry is all about Himself and His kingdom and His glory. When our focus is on these things, we see more fruit, growth, and hunger for better understanding of the Gospel, which is ultimately what I want for your students.
We are so excited to have these residents on our team for the summer! They are here to invest in and disciple your students. If you see them around, say hello!