A native of New Jersey, Crystal began serving CityWell in July 2018 after serving as the Pastor of Discipleship at Swansboro United Methodist Church. She holds her MDiv from Duke Divinity School and focuses ministry on the intersections of Womanist theology, racial reconciliation, liberation and deliverance, and Wesleyan discipleship. She has a background in government, politics, and community organizing and is passionate about liturgical dance, discipleship, and preaching/teaching. Her favorite book of the Bible is Revelation (because it’s a love story), she enjoys a good cup of coffee with a friend, and a bowl of ice cream with her son, Mark. She concludes: “In all matters that love must be the ethic by which we conduct ourselves… because, God is love.”
Sam (they/them/he/him) is a summer intern who has spent the majority of their life here in the Tar Heel State. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010, he taught elementary school in Charlotte, NC before obtaining a master’s degree in education policy & management from Harvard University in 2014. Following a few years as a teacher, coach, and trainer, Sam chose to pursue their spiritual calling and enrolled in their current Master of Divinity program at Duke Divinity School. When he can find down time, Sam likes to hang out and play with his dog, Bud, spend time with his partners and friends, read and write poetry, and, of course, enjoy a good Netflix or Hulu binge.
Since enrolling at Duke in 2018, Sam has done a great deal of “church shopping” throughout the Triangle and has found that, as a queer, trans, person of color, CityWell has felt the most like an inclusive and welcoming home. So, Sam is immensely excited to begin their internship this summer and is eager to share their gifts and learn alongside the CityWell family.
Sarah is originally from Minnesota where she attended Crown College and graduated with degrees in International Studies and English. Having a felt a call to ministry from a young age, she pursued that call at Duke Divinity School where she is now a second-year M.Div student. Sarah is thrilled to serve as an intern at CityWell, where she has been attending for the past year. Sarah currently lives in Friendship House, an intentional community for those with and without disabilities, where she enjoys sharing meals and losing at board games.
Jesse (he/him) grew up in church participating in worship through song & dance and comes from a family full of ministers, artists, and educators. He has lived in North Carolina since 2006 when he enrolled at Duke as an undergraduate student. He finished in 2010 with degrees in Sociology and Psychology and later completed a MS in Counseling in 2014. Jesse has served on the CityWell team since January 2017 and continues to develop his passions for people, learning, and the arts through community engagement and creative practice. As a queer Christian, he aspires to encourage others to resist spiritual formation rooted in shame or control and pursue healthy formation grounded in the healing love of Jesus. In his spare time, he often spends time with friends & neighbors, be it over food and drink, out at a social or political event, or on the dance floor.
Britt is a North Carolina native, but has lived in Durham for the last 4+ years. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2011 with degrees in Psychology and Spanish and shortly after, lived abroad in Argentina doing college missions with Cru. Prior to becoming full-time church administrator for CityWell in August 2019, Britt spent 4 years working in youth development as part of the Gang Outreach team at Haven House Services in downtown Raleigh. The culmination of these experiences have shaped her greatly and she is thankful and honored to serve CityWell in this capacity.
Molly is from Birmingham, Alabama, and she earned her master’s in social work at the University of Alabama. Molly recently moved to Durham from Washington, DC, where she gained five years of experience working with children and families. At her home church in DC, Molly was fortunate to develop a prayer ministry; prayer remains a powerful and crucial part of her faith. Molly is excited to cultivate a space for children to interact with and respond to the Bible at CityWell. In her spare time, Molly enjoys cooking, hosting dinner parties, and taking her dog Watson on hikes around the Triangle.
Trinada has directed the Nursery at CityWell for the past 2 years. She has lived most of her life in Durham and considers herself a Durham native. She has a BFA from UNC-Greensboro and has taught children of all ages. She lives here with her two children (Lillyana 6 and Leonardo 2) and her husband, Edward. She is currently a teacher at Waypoint Preschool in Chapel Hill.
Stephanie was born in Florida and moved to North Carolina as a child, and has lived in the Triangle area ever since. After spending six years in the army and traveling to different areas, she was introduced to the diversity of Durham and fell in love with the city. Her love of children was evident as a toddler when she played “childcare” with her baby dolls. Stephanie’s love of children and her nanny experience guided her into a certificate of Nursing Assistance and then an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. After graduation, she worked in a Montessori environment before starting at The Little School. She’s also worked with the littlest Cityweller’s since 2012. In her spare time, Stephanie loves hiking and camping, spending time with her family, including her two young nieces and her daughter, and hanging out in this awesome city.