Lawrence Paltep

My name is Lawrence Paltep and I will be graduating in June of 2019 from Seattle University (GO REDHAWKS!) with a degree in Civil Engineering (specialization in Environmental Studies). I moved from the Philippines to the Pacific Northwest when I was 8 years old, and have been attending Beacon UMC ever since, where I have grown to know Christ through my youth leaders and pastors. Their pouring into me created opportunities and spaces for me to experience the Love of God, which in turn grew my passions in sharing that same Love of God with kids, youth, and young adults. I served as the Director in Youth Ministries for a couple years in Beacon UMC, lead in Christmas Institute (an annual youth Christian retreat) for the past 5 years, and attended organized events that empowered young people and encouraged their relationship with Christ. From these relationships and experiences, I’ve matured in understanding how important intergenerational relationships are in providing care and growth for the youth, their relationship with God, and with their fellow communities. My hopes as Co-Director in BYG is to also provide those spaces for the youth and be an advocate for relationship building and youth empowerment.