Youth Minister Profile – Mariah Allan
My name is Mariah Allan and I’m one of the Youth Ministry Officers at St Paul’s College in Kempsey. I am currently 18 years of age and am a member of the Nambucca Valley Catholic Parish.
Without youth ministry I believe I would be a very different person. If it hadn’t been for my CSYMA classes and events such as SHINE and Ignite Conference, I never would have discovered the beauty of a genuine relationship with God. I am touched when students approach me and are willing to be vulnerable in order to find out more about our faith. Having seen how God has changed my view of the world, I cannot believe that He would give imperfect me the opportunity to assist others in their search for Him, and to journey along with them.
Already this year, we have had the incredible opportunity to run a year 7 Belonging Day which was so rewarding as I got to know the new students personally. Despite differences in beliefs, interests and experiences, I found that we all had a need in common – a thirst for something more. What made me so delighted was seeing the senior students from our College really step up and be student disciples, leading the juniors. They adapted to unexpected changes seamlessly and led their small groups so authentically, I seriously couldn’t have asked for a better Ministry Team.
For the remainder of this year, I’m just excited for what God will do next, both in our College and with our students. We will soon be introducing the opportunity for Adoration in our College Chapel over lunchtime, which has never happened before – God is definitely creating change and I love that I’m able to witness His action first hand this year.
My faith is what sustains me when I can’t rely on myself. We have a God so open and so willing to embrace our imperfections and meet us where we are at. I love that I am able to share Jesus’ love for others in the same way that He loves me.