Meet Alexis Ward

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Why are you a RISE intern? 

When I was a freshman at JMU I was terrified and lost in the sea that is JMU. I was immediately and openly embraced by the community of RISE and now I want to be a part of the leadership for this community. 

What do you do as an intern?

I am a part of the dream team at RISE. We take the ideas and goals for the community, figure out how we can make them a reality, then focus on implementing them. I am also an embrace group leader. Embrace groups are RISE's form of small groups. A more intimate group of people getting together to talk about God, our lives, and our purpose in this world. 

How do you feel about raisins?

I love chocolate and yogurt covered raisins. I love raisins in trail mix. I love raisins. 

What's your favorite song to dance to?

"Faith" by George Michael 

If you could pick three heroes, who would they be and why?

1) Mary Magdalene - I relate with Mary in many ways, her need to get things done and to take care of everything and everyone around her. I look at her as a hero for being so strong in the days of sorrow around Jesus' death, her conviction and strength to keep returning to the tomb. 

2) Jessie Colwell - is a pastor in the United Methodist church. I love the way she interacts with everyone around her and shows love to everyone she knows. Her relationship with her husband Nelson is a love I aspire to have. 

3) Beth Anderson - Is also a Pastor in the United Methodist church, a mother of 2 beautiful girls, and a loving wife. Beth has more patience and kindness than almost anyone I know. She gives her all in absolutely everything she does and is an overall incredible person 

Do you have any secret talents?

I love to crochet. 

What are your hopes and dreams for RISE?

I hope that RISE can continue growing and moving forward with whatever is needed in the harrisonburg community.