Amanda Garber, Pastor

Why are you a part of RISE?

I am a part of the RISE movement because I am the pastor. Even more than that, I absolutely love its passion, ambition and deep desire to be a partner with God in mending our corner of creation.

How will your role on the RoundTable help bring God's Dream into reality?

I hope to equip, empower and encourage RISE's leaders as they seek to live into God's Dream.  I look forward to dreaming together and starting a revolution rooted in doing small things with a tremendous amount of God's amazing love.

Toilet paper – over or under?

The greater question is why I am always running out of toilet paper.  How is it that four people and a dog could use so much toilet paper?  It's a mystery.  Maybe not a holy mystery, but a mystery nonetheless.

If money was no object, what would you do with your life?

I would start a chain of amazing cafes/restaurants that would benefit organizations who seek to prevent sexual violence and human trafficking.  I would also start a fund that encourages, equips and enables others to launch their dreams (especially those dreams that are part of God's Dream).  I would also go to Ireland a lot.


Adam King, Associate Pastor

Why are you a Part of rISE?

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RISE is creating a community in Harrisonburg where the love, joy, and freedom in Jesus Christ can be experienced in crazy amazing ways. How could I not want to be a part of that?! Also, RISE gives me an awesome ministry laboratory to work in while attending Eastern Mennonite Seminary. I really hope I don’t blow anything up…

How will your role on roundtable help bring God’s dream into reality?

God’s blessed me with particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you… wait, never mind that. I like to think that my role as the Associate Pastor is kind of like a ministry Swiss Army Knife. I want to partner with many different RISE leaders and community members to learn from each other, dream together, and do some awesome things for this world.

Toilet Paper - Over or Under?

Over. And for anyone who says under, did I mention that I have a particular set of skills?

If money were no object, what would you do with your life?

I would get so many graduate degrees. Like, all of them. Get All The Degrees!!


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Sarandon Smith, College Ministry Team Leader

 

Why Are You A Part Of RISE?

I am part of RISE because I was love being part of an open-minded community that also strives to reach out into the community with open arms. 

How will your role on roundtable help bring God’s dream into reality?

As someone who feels most at home in leadership roles, I enjoy bringing God's dream into reality by using my position to empower those around me.

Toilet Paper - Over or Under?

Toilet paper, always under, never over. 

If money were no object, what would you do with your life?

If money was no object I would spend my entire life earning doctoral degrees, and make everyone call me by my official title "Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Smith M.D.


Andy Harbick, Round table Coordinator

How will your role on roundtable help bring God’s dream into reality?

As the facilitator my role is to help us stay focused on both the little details and the big picture so that we’re excellent in what we decide to do and that we never lose sight of why we do it.

Toilet Paper – Over Or Under?

Over.  And I will correct those who are wrong, even when I’m a guest.

If Money Was No Object, What Would You Do With Your Life?

I’m pretty content right now, so if money were no I’d probably keep doing what I’m currently doing AND I’d be helping lots of artists, writers, poets, tinkerers, and creators to bring their creations to the world.


Shiree Harbick, Leadership Development 

Why Are You A Part Of RISE?

Why am I a part of RISE?  Can I be real with you? Of course I can...this is RISE! 

How Will Your Role On The RoundTable Help Bring God's Dream Into Reality?

As InReach Coordinator, I am drawn to the creation of authentic community where we are each truly “known” in terms of who we are, where we are in our life journeys and where we need to be as we learn to live into God’s dream together.

Toilet Paper – Over Or Under?

Doesn’t matter to me…I have WAY more to think about than that and am simply grateful if I’m not the person who has to hunt down the newest toilet paper roll.

If Money Was No Object, What Would You Do With Your Life?

It might not be creative, but I honestly love my current life.  Andy, my best friend since childhood, is the man of my dreams.  We are raising 3 unique and inspiring young men in one of my favorite places…the Shenandoah Valley.  We live in the same neighborhood as my parents and my sister and her family though none of us are originally from this area.  My career as a speech pathologist is endlessly rewarding and cognitively challenging in a way that really motivates me.  I am so thankful for this life I’ve been given!


Jess Balac, Development Coordinator 

Why Are You A Part Of Rise?

I am a part of RISE because I’ve seen and realized this community’s potential. In the proper atmosphere, any person can assume responsibility and make a difference. This is RISE’s atmosphere. I love how this community can empower everyday people.

How Will Your Role On The Roundtable Help Bring God's Dream Into Reality?

Outreach focuses on mending our community in it’s broken places; it is directly rooted in doing for others.  As Outreach Coordinator, I help organize RISE’s ongoing ministries as well as many of our signature events, like the Chocolate Walk.  I also seek to empower others within our community to assume leadership and presence in this kind of work.

Toilet Paper – Over Or Under?

Over... Always.

If Money Was No Object, What Would You Do With Your Life?

Oh my goodness, so many things!  I would buy a huge lot of land, plant a garden, an orchard, and a vineyard.  I would raise a few animals, have a few kids, and adopt probably too many dogs.  I’d travel, do mission work, and have lots of outdoor adventures.  I would live life as vibrantly and free of inhibition as I could.  Oh, and per my husband’s request, we would have a workshop/garage that’s bigger than our house ;)


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Kadie King, Outreach Coordinator

Why are you a part of rISE?

Adam made me do it.  Just kidding.  We started coming to Rise when we moved back to the valley.  I feel like I can be me at Rise and no matter what I feel loved.  I want to make sure that everyone feels welcome.
 

How Will Your Role On The Roundtable Help Bring God's Dream Into Reality?

As the Outreach Coordinator, I love how hands-on we are in bringing God's dream to heal creation to fruition through feeding others, helping with basic needs, and connecting with our community through real relationships.  

Toilet Paper - Over Or Under?

Over there is no other way.

If Money Were No Object, What Would You Do With Your Life?

Cat rescue.  It's not hoarding if you call it a rescue.


Stephanie Floyd, Worship Logistics Coordinator

Why Are You A Part Of RISE?

I am a part of RISE because I passionately agree with vision of RISE, that everyone (no exceptions) is invited to bring about God's dream of a mended creation.

How Will Your Role On The RoundTable Help Bring God's Dream Into Reality?

In my role as Finance Team Leader, I hope to foster a commitment to stewardship throughout the community as a way of not only contributing to RISE, but also helping each of us to focus on what is important in our lives.

Toilet Paper – Over Or Under?

Over. Anything else is barbaric.

If Money Was No Object, What Would You Do With Your Life?

I would road trip around the country in a black 1972 El Camino. Or work on my cross-stitching quilting game.