Dwayne is a Family Ministries Intern working with POWER Kids at the Bath Campus and a student at Grace College here at Grace Church. His specific focus is on Surge -the children’s ministry for 4th and 5th graders. We asked him about his experience as an intern in children’s ministry, “I enjoy working with kids who are still at the age where they are being molded. Their values and beliefs are being shaped by who pours into them, and they are starting to ask questions and understand who God is. I love being able to help with that process, like helping to teach correct theology, but I also love having fun! I am really a kid at heart and working with kids allows me to tap into that side of myself.”

Dwayne first came to Grace Church in 2012 and became a follower of Christ on a trip to inner city Philadelphia in the summer of 2013. “That was the summer that I started to realize that I had been running away from God for so long, and I couldn’t do it anymore. I had to stop hiding because I couldn’t live without Him.”

On top of interning at the church and attending college, Dwayne works at the Montrose Chick-Fil-A and also at a car wash, where he actively pursues relationships with his coworkers. “I really try to be intentional about conversations with others. I also am intentional about hanging out with my coworkers outside of work. I love listening to others, because there aren’t a lot of people who genuinely care about what you have to say. One of my favorite quotes is ‘People care how much you know when they know how much you care.’ This has been a big push for me to show people how much I care about them first before I share the gospel with them.”

His biggest takeaway from his internship experience so far has been growth in understanding how to lead. “I am always learning how to lead both myself and others, and also how to love people differently. Every kid has their own personality and their own ways that they receive love.”

Dwayne wants everyone reading this to know that he is in love with chocolate milk. He loves hanging out with God in nature, and his favorite Bible verse is Deuteronomy 29:29, “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.”