I am so excited to be writing you as a new member of the Grace Fellowship staff!
My name is Amber Mitchell, and I am the new Children's Director at Grace Fellowship Church. I am so thrilled to get to know each and every one of you as well as your little ones! But first, I thought I would tell you a little bit about myself.
I grew up in Lake Arrowhead, which was amazing! I spent most of my childhood playing in the forest, climbing trees, and building forts. My family and I spent summers in a boat on the lake and winters snowboarding and skiing in the mountain snow. I loved growing up in a small town in the mountains! Throughout high school and college, I worked at a number of different Christian camps in the area where I held various roles in which I directly worked with children of all ages. I attended Biola University where I majored in Liberal Studies.
During my time at BIOLA I also met my husband of 8 years, James. After Biola, I lived in Costa Rica for a semester where I attended a Bible/Spanish school called Portantorchas. After earning my teaching credential through Cal State Fullerton, I began a teaching career at Carden School in Whittier. After two years, I moved to Calvary Christian School in Santa Ana, where I taught for the past 7 years.
My husband and I have been attending Grace for almost all of our marriage. During our time here, I have had the opportunity to work within various ministries, including a summer internship with the children’s ministry under Clarke Brogger, teaching a 5th grade girls Bible study, volunteering at VBS for 3 years, and attending too many Tecate trips to count. I also served with my husband as a leader of the College and Career group for almost 3 years. James and I love Grace and are so blessed to be a part of this family. The path God led me down to get me into this position is something I couldn’t have imagined myself.
I loved my job as a teacher, but I have always thought it would be amazing to work as the Children’s Director at Grace. It is an opportunity for me to pour myself into the children, teach them about Jesus, and show them God’s love without the added stress of paperwork, tests, grades, and report cards. I am so excited to be taking on this role. I am enthusiastic about working with your children and getting to know their sweet, fun personalities. I am also excited to serve you and to help you as you raise your little people to love God. I hope to get these kids excited about Jesus and eager to live for Him.