Tia ChappelA&M Consolidated High School
What town were you born in? Bryan, Texas
How long have you gone to A&M Church of Christ? 6 years
School/Community Activities: Basketball, Anchor Club
Church Activities: Middle School Retreat, Soul Link, Camp Cornerstone, Waco Mission Trip, High School Retreat, Winterfest, Uplift, Sunnybrook Mission Trip, Paint-O-Rama, Mega Days Counselor
What are your plans for the future? Attend Blinn College.
What memory of growing up in this church sticks out in your mind the most? I will always remember middle school class lessons. The middle school teachers were so funny and joyful. They made your day brighter just by entering that door.
What is your favorite youth group memory? Camp Cornerstone my 8th Grade year was very impactful on me. The lesson that year was absolutely amazing. I enjoyed it a lot. One thing that keeps giving me joy is remembering Tamara and Jylah getting slushes from the cafeteria every day. Playing crazy games was one of the biggest memories of my life. The chance of having a close friend get close to God at a camp was an amazing experience for me. God works his love in many ways.
What is your favorite scripture? Why is it your favorite? Psalm 139:14 - knowing that we are developed to be perfect in the eyes of God is so beautiful. It’s not about how the world sees us, but how God sees us. At the end of time that is all that is going to matter.
Who is your favorite Bible character? Why are they your favorite? Job. He never lost hope in God after he lost everything he had. I think that’s pretty awesome of him. Most people wouldn’t have the guts to trust God after all the situations Job faced.
Who has had the most influence on your in your spiritual growth? My uncle. He has always been a big part of my life since I was a little girl. My life would be completely different if he was never a part of it. My walk with God became much stronger through my uncle’s bible lessons and conversations with me. I thank him for sharing his love for God with me. It helped me build a connection with God.
What have you learned during the Covid-19 quarantine and by school finishing earlier than expected? You have to make the best of situations from home and work. Getting out there and actually not connecting with people was hard, but it shows how much we actually need one another in this world. I just find that amazing, yet so beautiful, at the same time.
How would you like others to see you (what do you hope they would say about you)? I am very kindhearted to everyone I have a presence with. I always bring them joy in laughter. I am always there for them in times of need.
What will you always remember about going to church at A&M Church of Christ? I will most definitely remember the interns. They are always bringing a sense of joy to the youth group. Having them around was awesome. Knowing that someone was willing to listen to you and motivate you was very impactful. I appreciated them a lot. They had some guts to deal with youth group kids, but I’m glad they did
One of the most important events in my life so far is... Graduation, most definitely! This is a big step in my life right now. Attending college is going to be very different and it will bring on plenty of new challenges.
What are some ways you would like to serve God in your life? In school and at my workplace.
The world would be a better place if: There was not so much crime in the world.
What would you like to say to the younger teens in the youth group? Enjoy high school. It’s an important part of your life. Focus on the things that people tend to ignore most in high school. Be willing to do things that others will not do due to their social presence. On that note, I love you guys and wish the best for you all.
What would you like to say/how would you express appreciation to your parents? Thank you for always listening to me when I’m down, having a bad day, or happy. You motivate me to be a better person every day. I can’t thank you enough for that. You pushed me to make the best in every positive and negative situation. Thank you for shaping me into young lady I am today. I love you guys so much
What would you like to say to God? Thank you for being so awesome. You give me motivation to keep my head up when times get hard. Thank you for being my inner sense of peace through pain, struggle, happiness, and laughter.
What would you like to say to our church family? I love you with all my heart. Thanks for being here for me through my middle school and high school years. You are my church family, and I will never forget y’all.
What have you learned about God lately? He provides me things in ways that I would never expect.