Welcome our new Graduate Theology Research Assistant-Caitlinn Betteridge

One of the initiatives of Pivot NW is to deploy some budding theologians and pastoral leaders in service to the grant research. These graduate theology students will be stretched in areas complimentary to their seminary experience. To name a few; curriculum development, ethnography (study of culture of individuals and people groups), research curation, social media management in church and parachurch contexts, etc.

My name is Caitlinn Curry Betteridge and I am closing in on my second year of my Masters in Reconciliation and Intercultural Studies at Seattle Pacific University. I grew up in a small town called Harleysville, north of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Messiah College in Harrisburg, PA with degrees in Journalism and Cross-Cultural Ministry. Prior to attending college, I did a gap year where I spent time immersed in local communities of Nicaragua, the Philippines, and Malawi. This experience tied with my college experience led me to a passion for storytelling, teaching, and the empowerment of marginalized communities. Since then, I have had jobs working at a summer camp with children and young adults, resettling refugees with World Relief, and also working in a residential house for unaccompanied refugee minors in the foster care system. It is this particular demographic that has stolen my heart, and I have hopes to be both a foster mom to unaccompanied refugee minors and a professor who empathetically cares for her students.

Being immersed in the Church as a young adult myself has led me to why I believe the Pivot NW project is vital: there is a disconnect with the Church for many young adults. Many of us have walked away out of confusion, rejection, or feelings like we cannot participate with our predecessors in the Church because of our current political climate and the generational differences in our understandings of life. However, I firmly believe that young adults have powerful voices and insights, and that they are a conduit of God’s voice. The ideas of young adults are revolutionary, and I passionately believe young adults can and will bring prophetic change to the Church and the vast landscape of humanity. I yearn to see my generation empowered, and I yearn to see the generations of the Church unite within its diverse and beautiful differences to be a faithful, egalitarian, transformative community.