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Meet Chris Ritter, SojournKids Intern for the New Albany Campus

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We're continuing our staff profiles this week with the introduction of Sojourn intern, Chris Ritter. Chris has done an great job leading the team that has launched our children's ministry at the New Albany campus. Chris is the husband of Rachael. He is a Sothern California native that has been transplanted to Kentucky. He studied Bible at The Master’s College before moving to Louisville.

1. What is your current role with SojournKids? I am an intern with SojournKids, serving as director for SojournKids in New Albany. I make sure that we have equipped people in place to teach on Sundays.

2. What is your favorite part of your job? I love to see kids actively engaged in learning the Gospel. There is nothing better than seeing the teachers share their faith with the next generation.

3. What hopes, dreams, and aspirations do you have? I hope to raise up a great family that loves the Lord. At Sojourn, I hope to see parents who can confidently share their faith with their kids in everyday life. I also want to see us launch a kids singing time on Sunday mornings in New Albany.

4. What is your favorite flavor of popcorn? I am pretty particular about my popcorn. I love kettle corn but I have to make it myself.

5. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? What is your favorite Louisville ice cream shop? Mint Chocolate Chip is the only flavor of ice cream. I didn’t realize that there was a debate about this. Greater’s definitely has the best stuff.

Fletcher Lang. You will be missed.

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Over the next several weeks, we're going to take some time to introduce the leadership of SojournKids. Our team is in the midst of some big transitions, and there are a number of new faces. Today, I'm going to introduce you to an old face. I've worked with Fletcher Lang on staff now for 2.5 years. He's seen me at my best and worst. There may be no one on earth who knows me better except my wife. When I saw the digital picture for this post, I thought, "I officiated that wedding. I'm really going to miss those two." Yes, Fletcher and Megan Lang are leaving us for Boston, Mass. I'll let him explain a little more of what he's going to be doing there in the interview below. Sending Fletcher is bittersweet for me. Fletcher has become a close friend. He is a young man who loves Jesus, loves his wife, loves to study, and loves to write and preach to kids and youth. It is a pleasure to send him out as a seasoned leader, but he will be missed.

1. What is your current role with SojournKids? My current role is the East Campus SojournKids Director. This means I lead teams of people to implement kids ministry at the East campus. I also write a lot of the curriculum we use with elementary students. However, I'm leaving my job soon, and you can apply to take it here.

2. Tell us a bit about moving to Boston and the role you will have there. Over a year ago, my wife (Megan) and I started to pray for an opportunity to plant a church in Boston, MA. We had no idea that God would answer our prayers so quickly. Six months after we started praying for an opportunity in Boston, I was offered a job with City on a Hill Church in Brookline, MA (just outside of Boston) as their Family Ministry Director and as a church planting resident. Our goal is to serve City on a Hill for several years before possibly being sent out with a group to plant a new church in the same region. We'll also be partnering with North American Mission Board in these endeavors.
3. What is your favorite part of your job? My favorite part of my job is recognizing and raising up leaders in our ministry. I love equipping the people of God to do the work of God.
4. What hopes, dreams, and aspirations do you have? If I don't get to be the lead planter of a church in Boston, I'd like to be George Harrison in a Beatles tribute band.
5. What is your favorite / funniest SojournKids memory? Funniest memory is anything involving Kevin Anglin--former J-Town Kids director. Favorite memory is grilling out and eating steak while devising the SojournKids vision and strategy behind our hotel at the Orange Conference in 2010.
6. What is your favorite flavor of popcorn? Do people eat flavored popcorn? I like chocolate on anything though.
7. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? What is your favorite Louisville ice cream shop? Cookies and cream. I'm a Comfy Cow fan.
Fletcher and Megan are leaving us at the beginning of May. Take the time below to share a great memory of the Langs and say how much you'll miss them. I know that they'll appreciate it.

Meet Danielle West, our J-town Campus Kids Director.

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Over the next several weeks, we're going to take some time to introduce the leadership of SojournKids. Our team is in the midst of some big transitions, and there are a number of new faces. So, we thought it would be fun to highlight those changes and introduce the team. The first transition was that Kevin Anglin, our J-town Campus Kids Director, has become the Children's Minister at Central Baptist Church in Americus, Georgia. That is the church where I grew up, so it is particularly special to me that we were able to send a great leader and godly man there to serve the people in A-town. To fill Kevin's shoes, Pastor Lisle Drury and I asked Danielle West step in as the new director. Danielle had previously been serving on staff as our Event Childcare Coordinator (a position for which we are currently hiring), and she and her husband Ryan sacrificially agreed to leave their home at Sojourn East to join the Sojourn J-town team. Danielle describes herself this way: "Wife to Ryan, mom to 3, Christ-follower, and lover of all things southern--the SEC, cooking, baseball, boutique shopping, & decorating." Here is our short interview with Danielle West:

1. What is your current role with SojournKids? I currently serve as the J-town Campus SojournKids Director.

2. What is your favorite part of your job? My most favorite part of my job is seeing teachers sitting on the floor sharing the gospel with kids.  It is so exciting to see them care for the children and tell them about Jesus.
3. What hopes, dreams, and aspirations do you have? Some of my hopes, dreams and aspirations for this year at SojournKids J-town include launching an assembly time with great music and teaching. Also, we are making plans to paint the Kids wing, and that is super exciting! Some personal dreams for this year would include going to the Georgia/Florida Football game, taking our kids to Disney World (Shhhhh! don't tell them!), and seeing my amazing husband complete his doctoral dissertation.
4. What is your favorite / funniest SojournKids memory? One of my most favorite SojournKids memories includes the time I was serving as a teacher in the Kindergarten room at our East campus.  The teachers were supposed to wear "beautiful" shoes while talking about Romans 10.  I spray painted a pair of flats hot pink, poured glitter glue all over them, and added at least a million sparkles to the shoes. To my surprise, my Kindergarten girls LOVED them! And most of them had on glittery shoes just like mine!
5. What is your favorite flavor of popcorn? Ewww! Yuck! I really do not like popcorn.
6. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Most favorite ice cream is Strawberry Fields Forever from The Comfy Cow. Yum!