Cornerstone United Methodist Church Staff
Christina Van Batavia : Director of Youth and Children's Ministry
Christina, a Springfield, MN native, has always had a heart for youth ministry and the mission field. Having served on student leadership at the state level on the Youth in Action Team (YIAT) and JUMYs Design Team throughout most of junior and senior high, being a youth leader was a career that was always the dream job in the back of her mind. Going to Bible camp every summer (sometimes twice a summer) since the summer before first grade through her freshman year of college, Christina is probably the biggest advocate for camp you’ll encounter. The mission field is almost as close to Christina’s heart as youth ministry is. She went on her first mission trip to West Virginia the summer before seventh grade, went to Belize her junior year of high school, has done some local light mission work around Minnesota, went to St. Louis with Catholic Heart WorkCamp summer 2018, and is very excited about leading our youth on a mission trip to San Francisco this summer.
Christina got her start in youth ministry leadership as the coordinator and youth leader for Anchor Youth Group at Springfield United Methodist Church in 2016, where she built the ministry from ground zero. Pastor Josh gave her a nudge, God validated, and the rollercoaster of youth leadership got rolling. Christina and her husband, Taylor, are excited to see where God takes them in this ministry at Cornerstone and already feel quite at home in this church.
Fun Facts about Christina:
She’s a Denver Broncos fan
Her favorite Starburst is yellow or orange
She’s the youngest of four siblings, and the only girl
Alfredo Pie with chicken is her favorite Panino from Varsity Pub (must get with tots)
Her favorite Disney character is Eeyore
Aerosmith was her first live concert
Her mom’s lemon cake is her favorite dessert
Her Jeep’s name is Annie, named after Annie Oakley
Her favorite color is black
She hates pickles
Mandee Brinkman : Office Administrator
I moved to Marshall from Pierre, SD in October of 2015 with my loving husband, Chris, and my two handsome boys, Kadam and Kyler. I am a very busy momma and love every minute of it. Kadam plays football and baseball. Kyler plays football, basketball, and baseball. Chris and I enjoy playing softball, volleyball, and pickle ball. I like to work out and attend spinning classes at the YMCA.
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