Get to Know the 2019 SMT

June 2, 2019


The Summer Ministry Team is about to leave for the summer (Or as we so affectionately refer to ourselves as “SMT Goonies”)! Here’s some questions to get to know us better if you’ll be following our journey!


What’s a fun fact about you that nobody knows?

“I’m a real critter lover! I love all animals, but snakes, lizards, tarantulas, and other creepy crawlies are what really fascinate me.” -Joel

“I used to competitively figure skate” -Nichole

“I almost had my hand eaten by a giraffe when I was like 8.” -Kortney

“I have four more teeth than many other people.” -Isaac

“My younger brother and I had to navigate the Hong Kong Airport by ourselves.”-Madison

“I grew up in Friendswood, Texas, went to Friendswood Friends Church, graduated from Friendswood High School and now I attend Friends University- all around friendly life.” -Abby


What’s your favorite Bible verse?

“1 Corinthians 13:4-8” -Nichole

“Romans 12:10-13” -Abby

“Matthew 19:26” -Isaac

“Genesis 1:24’’ -Joel

“Romans 11:33”-Kortney

“Ephesians 2:8”-Madison


If you had to get rid of one state in the US which one would it be and why?

“I would get rid of Missouri. That way it could possibly merge with Kansas and then Table Rock Lake would be part of Kansas!!!!”-Madison

“Alright, I am not going to lie, I am really bad when it comes to US states. Hence why, I would probably get rid of Vermont because I honestly was not aware that it is a US state.”-Abby

“Vermont, because who knows anyone from Vermont. Like who says “my friend from Vermont””-Isaac

“Rhode Island”-Nichole

“New Mexico because we already have an old Mexico”-Joel

“If I had to get rid of one US state it would probably be North Dakota. I feel like it’s basically the same as south Dakota except maybe a little colder. South Dakota is the cooler Dakota. They could totally combine into one mega Dakota.”-Kortney


What’s your favorite joke?

“What do you call a cow with a twitch? Beef Jerky!

Why couldn’t the toilet paper cross the road? Because it got stuck in a crack!”-Isaac

“Two cells go dancing; they happen to be brother and sister. While twistin’ and groovin’, the sister cell accidentally steps on the brother cell’s foot. The brother cell shouts, “OUCH! MYTOESIS!” haha it’s my go to joke.”-Abby

“Today at the bank, an old lady asked me to help check her balance. So I pushed her over.”-Nichole

“I have a lot of favorite jokes but my all time is “what did the janitor say when he jumped out of the closet?” “SUPPLIES!!!””-Kortney

“What’s brown and sticky? A stick ;)”-Madison

“Q: How do you make an elephant float?

A: Add two scoops of ice cream”-Joel


What are you expecting to get out of the summer?

“I am expecting a lot of crazy, van ride adventures, random dance parties, chaco sunburns, deep spiritual conversations, many, many tears and a whole lot of worshipping and praising Jesus! ”-Abby

“I am expecting to get some friendships that will last a lifetime! I’m so excited to love on my teammates and be loved on!”-Madison

“A few tarantulas and turtles, a nice tan, and lots of Jesus!”-Joel

“I am expecting to grow in Christ centered community with my team and fall more in love with Jesus.”-Nichole

“I’m expecting to gain 6 really great lifelong friends, a lot of bug bites and sun burns, and so many moments of Jesus moving in and through our lives.”-Kortney

“My greatest expectations are that I grow in the Lord and also to create some awesome relationships with campers and my teammates”-Isaac


Describe yourself in five words or less.

“Bubbly, empathetic and compassionate”-Madison

“Joke-master, positive, encouraging, K-LOVE”-Kortney

“A tall reptile lovin’ goof”-Joel

“A big ole teddy bear”-Isaac

“Bubbly, animal lover, Jesus lover”-Nichole



Why did you want to be on the SMT?

“I wanted to be on the summer ministry team so that I could use my summer to serve the Lord and pour into those who need Jesus.”-Nichole

“I love camp! A whole summer of it would make my whole year!”- Joel

“Well initially it wasn’t an option but I felt God pulling me towards it and he created many opportunities well after the deadline of signing up. So I knew it was something I was supposed to do.”- Isaac

“I actually found out about SMT through church camp! I had a conversation with a previous member on the team and I immediately fell in love with the idea of serving at different church camps all over the US all summer long! When it was time to apply, I had no doubt that it was what God was calling me to do.” -Abby

“I wanted to be on SMT because of both past SMT testimonies and of my own love for camp and recreation ministry.”-Kortney

“I wanted to be on the summer ministry team to grow in my faith. I’ll get to do this with six other people all summer and we’ll do this while meeting (a lot of) new people, traveling, and being surrounded by God’s beautiful creation.”-Madison


Who is your favorite past SMT member?

“My favorite past SMT member is whichever one asks me this question.”-Kortney

“I absolutely adore all past SMT members so I would like to politely refuse to answer this question :) <3 ”-Abby


“Miranda! She has been a source of constant encouragement during this past semester.”-Madison

“Ethan Harvey. I taught that boi how to ride a bike when we were in Kindergarten”-Joel



What has been your favorite part of training this semester?

“My favorite part of training this semester was when a few past SMT members came and talked to this year’s team about what this summer will look like. It won’t be perfect, but it will be memorable and we will all grow and learn more about ourselves!”-Madison

“Escape room…and FOOD”-Isaac

“I loved getting to share with my teammates what I am most passionate about and then being able to listen to what they are most passionate about! I really got to know my teammates on a deeper and more personal level.”-Abby

“Snacks and the escape room!”-Joel

“Getting to hear all the goonies’ testimonies has to be my favorite part about training, I loooove vulnerability. ”-Kortney

“The Enneagram!”-Nichole


If you had to pick one movie or tv show to describe yourself what would it be and why?

“Shrek 2” -Abby

“Napoleon Dynamite”-Kortney

“The first movie that popped into my head was The Sandlot. I love summer, laughing, being outside, dogs, and spending time with my friends and family!”-Madison

“Animal Planet ‘cause I have a deep love and passion for the natural world.”-Nichole

“Jurassic Park or Jurassic World” -Joel

“Veggietales” -Isaac


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