“I am a Memphis native who loves coffee, theater, music, family, my puppy, essential oils, kiddos and Jesus! I moved to Knoxville in 2011 to finish an undergraduate degree in social work and while here I met my husband, Miles. We loved Knoxville’s local restaurants, amazing community, and beautiful mountains, and neither of us could bear the idea of moving. Lucky for us, we both found jobs and were able to plant our feet here. It took a while for us to find a church home that we both love, but we stumbled upon Fellowship Church about 3 years ago. Miles now serves there as the Communications Intern.
My journey to YOKE started about 6 months ago, when God began tugging on my heart to make a change. I knew that He was leading me towards a faith-based, gospel-sharing workplace, but I had no idea what that would look like. When I stumbled upon YOKE, I ran it by some friends and prayed over it with our small group and family. Our church was a partner with YOKE Youth Ministries and everyone spoke highly of the after school clubs, camps, YOKE Folk and staff. More importantly, YOKE matched my passion for youth and would allow me to pour into young adults and equip future leaders. I knew immediately that this was the job God was calling me to.
So why YOKE? Middle school was not kind to me. My best friend moved away, my family was going through a difficult time, and other than a few select teachers and my family members, I felt all alone. Although I went to a Christian school, we didn’t have mentors, YOKE Folk, or pastors investing in or walking alongside us. Lost, I retreated as I struggled with anxiety, fear, and self-esteem. That period of my life defined me and made growing up, peer relationships, and my spiritual growth that much harder. I love that YOKE pours into kids when they need it most and fosters spiritual growth and leadership potential in young adults.
I am extremely excited to be a part of the YOKE team and to serve as the Area Director for Jefferson County and Knox County schools. As Area Director, I will connect with young adults who wish to serve as YOKE Folk and Team Leaders and have a desire to share the gospel with middle school students. I am looking forward to walking alongside each of these leaders as we connect kids to Christ through our after school programs and camps. Thanks for welcoming me to the team and don’t hesitate to contact me for questions, coffee, or conversation.”
For more information about YOKE, visit our home page. You may reach Brandin-Lea by phone at (865) 522-6907 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.