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Derek WanDerek Wan

When my husband and I looked for a church community to participate in, it was important to us that fostered inclusive families and engaging activities for children and youth. While we are not yet parents (we have been in the adoption process for two years), we found that the Children, Youth & Families initiative is a strong ministry made up of recurring volunteers. When Laura Thornton shared her story and needs at our New Member Class, I knew immediately that I was going to work with her. I sought her out at the next Sunday service and began shadowing volunteers at Children’s Chapel. From there, I spent more than a year observing and leading in that ministry.

When Laura presented me the opportunity to lead the 4th and 5th Grade Sunday School Program, I was honored and jumped into it. There is nothing more that I look forward to every week than Sunday School at All Saints Pasadena. The opportunity to share the Word with the kids each week is a joy. I spend all week preparing and planning activities to engage them in living out, exploring and responding to Bible stories. It warms my heart to share stories with the kids and to watch them grow and learn from each other. My passion has always been in leadership training and teaching, and this experience touches upon both. I can only hope that the values that we speak about in class are how my kids live out their mission in the world, but I can ensure you that they have made me a better person for allowing me to be in their family.