GETTING TO KNOW RCC! Julie LaJoe speaks to Jennifer Bell

As we begin 2018, we’re featuring interviews with members of our Roosevelt Community!!

Your Name: Julie LaJoe

Why are you at Roosevelt?: Roosevelt was the church I started coming to when I moved here. It is similar in ways to one of the churches I got plugged into in Raleigh, North Carolina shortly after I moved there, and that church had a very urban and diverse feel as well. I also really love that Roosevelt is welcoming and communal. I've been able to build a lot of relationships here.

How long have you been here?:  I've been at Roosevelt a little over two years.

How long have you been a Christian?: I've been a Christian since the beginning of college.

Tell us something interesting we should know about your life as a Christian: Hmm, this is a tough question. I would say thinking about my life prior to being a Christian and then after, I have seen God use my passions and desires for His purposes. For instance, as long as I can remember, I have been writing, just all the time. It is has been a love of mine.  I have seen how God has used that and He has given me a passion for writing about Him and my faith journey.

Where are you from?: I was born in Georgia, grew up in Ohio, and spent 9 years after college in North Carolina before moving here. I still have a lot of Midwestern upbringing in me, but my time in the south holds a special place in my heart.

What's your job?: I'm a counselor for kids/adolescents.

What are your hobbies?: writing, reading, improv, storytelling, traveling, playing tennis, swimming/snorkeling/most water activities, being outdoors/walking/hiking

Name two things on your bucket list:

I don't actually keep a "bucket list," but I have many ideas of adventures to take, and I'm a big dreamer, so I don't know if that counts. For one, I'd love to experience going to some different countries again. I think it would be amazing to visit Greece or Ireland as my family is from both those places. I also want to publish a book.

Your favorite book: I have so many books I love! I read and reread them. Here are some favorites:

Bible

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Koningsburg

Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist

Ruthless Trust by Brennan Manning

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

Your favorite movie: Harry Potter, Ratatouille, Stranger Than Fiction

Something that you're really praying for:

Recently, God’s put on my heart to find ways to connect artists in the community who might not be connected to church with a vehicle for that or to just to discuss spiritual things as God would lead. I believe that there is so much to be said for the beauty and purpose in creating and that this comes first from the Creator God. I would love to allow space for this within the artist community for those who would like to explore it more. I have seen my heart grow for discussing spirituality amidst art in the past couple years as I have seen God allow me to have so many neat opportunities with the creative community in Phoenix. I would love to see what He does with that in the future.

I am also praying for youth!  There are so many competing voices out there. I specifically pray for the age group and population I work with and counsel to live boldly, find their purpose in the world and understand their value as human beings. I pray for youth susceptible to sex trafficking, abuse, and so on and pray for brokenness in families, that God would place His healing on these areas.