For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Jennifer Darrow and I am thrilled to be on staff with FCA as the Area Representative for the Newport Mesa Unified School District. I am so excited for the amazing ways in which God is going to show up and transform NMUSD campuses this year and feel so blessed to be able to be a part of it.
I grew up in Newport Beach, attended Mariners Christian School and then played volleyball at Newport Harbor High School. I had the incredible blessing of being raised in a home where the unconditional love of Jesus was not only taught, but more importantly, demonstrated on a daily basis. I knew what it meant to have a personal relationship with Christ from an early age and consistently matured in my faith and grew in my reliance on God. Unfortunately, as a high school volleyball player, certain circumstances caused me to question my inherent value as a daughter of Christ. I entered a period of my life where my sport became a source of pain and frustration rather than one of joy.
Despite this, I continued to play volleyball as a varsity athlete at Princeton University. My time at Princeton was invaluable, not only for the amazing education I received, but because God used my involvement with the organization Princeton Faith and Action to inspire my passion for ministry. Through PFA, my personal relationship with God grew in incredible and often unexpected ways as I learned how to act as a servant leader, equip and train others to influence Princeton for Christ, and spread Jesus’ love and redemption to a campus centered on personal achievement.
I became actively involved with FCA the summer following my freshman year at Princeton, when I was asked to be a huddle leader at FCA’s UCLA All-Sports Camp. That week at camp was the first time I experienced what it meant to allow my faith in God to restore my faith in myself as an athlete. Over the course of the summer, God revealed how he planned to use my story to influence the lives of young players and coaches. Acting as a huddle leader for the following three summers, God continued to develop in me a passion for mentoring younger athletes, challenging coaches, and fostering a healthy athletic culture. As I looked ahead to graduation, I knew that God had instilled in me the desire to join the FCA family as a full-time staff member.
This is my third year serving through FCA, and it has been incredibly humbling, inspiring, and encouraging to see how God is using this ministry to transform the lives of students, coaches, and athletes in Newport Mesa. I am passionate about the mission and values of FCA and feel honored to be a member of this family.
I ask that you would join with me in praying for FCA, NMUSD campuses, and the students that walk their halls as we head into this new school year! If you would like to learn how to become more involved or financially support FCA, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.ocfca.org. I look forward to getting to know all of you over the coming years!