Kayla Smith is an associate director for New Life collegiate ministry at Penn State. She is a missionary at the same university that she graduated from in 2017, with a degree in Communications. Having become a Christian halfway through college, she then got involved in New Life as a student, and came on staff a couple of years later having a heart for the nations and a continued burden to reach the lost at this unreached campus. She desires to present students mature in Christ so they may be intentional lights and leaders in their communities, and she seeks to send them off equipped to minister and serve wherever God calls them after their time in college.
What are the benefits you hope our churches will receive as a result of your work/role at the BRN?
I pray our churches are encouraged by seeing young adults who are not only equipped to serve and lead in ministries, but are eager about it as well.
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Kayla loves learning—especially about God’s Word, other cultures, and nutrition. Because she loves to learn, teaching and discipleship are some of her favorite things to do with others!
Kayla’s heroes are her parents. Her mom taught her to love sacrificially by putting others first, and her dad taught her to always put her best effort into all she does. She also admires many of the people she works with in ministry, and feels blessed to work alongside many of her examples in the faith. Additionally, she greatly esteems Harriet Tubman for many reasons, but most notably because she listened to God’s direction and waited on Him in absolute faith, and in turn was a blessing to many.
Kayla thoroughly enjoys learning about and eating food of all kinds, cooking, and exploring new international cuisines. She’s not sure if “eating food” is a hobby, but she’s claiming it.
Comedy has always been her favorite genre to watch and create, and she loves making people laugh and laughing with them.