Hey Candi Evans here!
Your all-in-one family ministry from birth to college youth minister at
HCC! How did I get here? Good question! As with any other part of my life journey, it
all begins with faith! When I was in the fourth grade, I accepted the Lord Jesus
Christ as my Savior at Vacation Bible School, which challenged me to live each
day for Him. A journey of faith is never smooth or without its trials but I can
honestly say how God has worked in my life on several different occasions
calling me into full-time ministry – for like the last 20 years and still
counting! Shhhh—don’t tell the kids I am
has done so much in my life that I love to share it with others! Below are just a few fun facts about me that
nobody has asked to know but might come in handy the next time you play “10
things you didn’t ask or need to know about your youth pastor” trivia game -
- Candi could
survive on ice cream alone….it might be God’s greatest creation!
- Candi’s first
vehicle…a very old, rusted but still blue, short mini-school bus! Talk about making a statement in high
- Candi runs like
a girl, hits like a boy, and laughs like a child!
- Candi has a
tractor addiction – she loves to be on the farm, riding in a tractor anytime
- Candi can
auctioneer – now you know why she talks so fast!
- Candi might
have a book addiction -- -look in her office for confirmation of this
fact! If you need a good book, check out
Love Does by Bob Goff, All in and Prayer Circle by Mark Batterson, anything by Doug Fields or Max
Lucado, Simplify by Bill Hybels ….do
I need to keep going????
- Candi has not
been on a date with a guy since she started youth ministry….might be why she is
- Candi can drive
the church bus anywhere but can’t operate the zero-turn mower at the church
without hitting something!
favorite tools beside her bible – electric staple gun, cordless drill and a hot
knife! There is nothing she can’t do
with these 3 items!
favorite past time activities include spending time with her 3 siblings and
their families (loves her nieces and nephews), walking or riding her bike,
going to Funk’s Grove, swinging on “her” porch swing, hanging with friends, and
making or repurposing things.
If you made it past that list,
some of you are still asking what qualifies Candi to be our Youth and
Childrens’ Minister! Fine, here are the
details you might want to know! Yes, I
graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Bachelor of Business
Administration degree in Human Resources and Psychology, received my Master of
Divinity from Lincoln Christian University in Christian Education and Family
Life, working on a Spiritual Direction Certification from SMU.
Before and while being in youth ministry, I
have worked at State Farm Insurance for 6 years in Human Resources, was a
college athlete then became a volunteer coach, worked and still am working as a
substitute teacher at Olympia and Heyworth schools, led and been on over 20
mission trips with teenagers believing this is one of the greatest outreaches
that change students’ lives.
So how did
I get here today? Pretty simple, I opened my heart to the Lord and
allowed Him to take ownership. God has revealed my passion for changing
young adults’ lives and making a difference for Him. Standing on the
promise of I Corinthians 2:9, it reveals what God has be able to accomplish
with the ministries I have been responsible for: “No eye has seen, no ear has
heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love
him.” As the scripture states, I could never imagine I would be where I
am today. God has blessed me so much more than I deserve. There is
no doubt in my mind that God has called me to serve. God has flamed the
passion in my heart to teach and minister to the needs of the youth and young
adults in our communities.