MEET AMY BROWN
Share where you serve now and what your role will be on the Exec Board...
I am currently serving at First Baptist Church, Anderson, SC as Minister to Students and I’ve been here for 7 years. I’ve served on the Executive Board with CBF YMN in other capacities in the past, but I’m entering into a new role as President-Elect. I’ll be on the board for all we will do this year, but my main focus will be to prepare for our retreat, Oasis, in 2022.
What's something new you've done during COVID?
I watched Schitt’s Creek for the first time, so that’s new.
Favorite side dish at Thanksgiving?
By far, my mom’s sweet potato casserole. The kind with the brown sugar topping, never marshmallows.
If you could only listen to one musician for the rest of your life who would it be?
This reminds me of a great would you rather question from a friend of mine: would you rather have all of the songs ever written and recorded but they are only sung by Pitbull, or have only Pitbull songs but any artist can perform them? I’d choose only Pitbull songs but sung by any artist. However, I really think I’d be okay if I only ever heard Taylor Swift for the rest of my life. I prefer the Folklore/Evermore era, but I’ll take any of them.
Favorite youth group game?
Our favorite game is a variation of dodgeball, called Jug Ball. We set up 2 empty milk jugs on the corners of the volleyball court in the gym and dodgeballs in the middle, as usual. The goal of the teams is to either get all the players out on the other team or to knock down both of the opposing teams jugs. Once a jug is knocked down it must stay down, even if it was knocked over by a player’s foot accidentally. Also, if someone throws a dodgeball into the basketball goal on the opposite team’s side, his/her whole team gets to come back in to play.
Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?
I guess Harry Potter because I’ve never seen or read any of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I have never really been into Harry Potter either. I did take the Pottermore quiz fairly recently and apparently, I’m a Hufflepuff. Take that for what you will.
What's something about youth ministry that brings you joy?
I love getting away with my youth group, escaping life’s realities to find a safe space and experience God. The retreats, camps, mission trips, all of it. It’s been a tough year without, tbh.
What excites you about serving on the Exec. Board?
I’m excited to plan and lead/attend Oasis in 2022! Oasis is a spiritual retreat that has never failed to refresh and reenergize me. In fact, my introduction to CBFYMN was at Oasis in 2014. There, I found a community of fun and supportive peers who have not only rejoiced with me in the good times, but also made ministry bearable in the tough ones. (This is my invitation for you to make plans to join us February 8-11, 2022!)
Share some of the books or resources that have been formative in your faith journey and/or call to ministry...
Barbara Brown Taylor’s preaching style and books have all been very formative in my life. I remember reading Leaving Church a couple of weeks before my ordination and having a mini “oh s***” moment. I realized it was more eye-opening than anything and I have reread it multiple times since, along with An Altar in the World and Learning to Walk in the Dark. Also, Rachel Held Evans helped me deconstruct so many things and I’m forever grateful for it.