Hello Rachael! I’m glad you were willing to join me on this series. Rachael is one of the sweetest and yet most focused individuals I have had the pleasure to meet. Her duet of “Safe and Sound” with her sister Lois, during a choir fundraiser concert, was one of the best covers of that song I have ever heard.
If you could sum yourself up in five words, what would those words be?
Loyal, observant, empathetic, caring, and passionate.
Tell us a little about the rest of your family?
I have three sisters, and I am [the second oldest] of four [daughters]. My sister Lois and I are 18 months apart, and we both go to Geneva. Lois is one of my best friends; possibly my best friend. We do everything together and I can tell her anything. I love my parents; my dad teaches me something every time I talk to him, and I love asking him questions about anything, because he’s probably read about it and can explain things very well. My [relationship with my] mom, [Michelle], [is such that I’m] like her right-hand man when I’m home. I run errands, help with lesson plans, help her bake, and I’m basically a mini-Michelle. Overall, we’re a very close family.
Tell us a little about the current church you attend (at home or at college or both)?
While I’m at Geneva, I attend College Hill RP. I love worshipping there because I get really solid Biblical teaching from the pulpit, and I love singing the Psalms as a congregation. I always feel refreshed and challenged for the week ahead when I worship there.
Why did you initially audition for NewSong?
Partially because NewSong is how I heard about Geneva, and I wanted to be a part of the ministry that introduced me to Geneva. [It is] also because I love singing and I wanted an opportunity to use my voice to glorify the Lord and minister to those I’m singing for, and NewSong was the perfect outlet for that.
Final meal if you were on death row?
Hearty steak meal, with a nice sauce. For dessert, something French and chocolate – French mousse/fudge.
What do you do for relaxation or fun?
I sing in my free time, usually with [other] people. I also like writing; I keep a journal and I write in that, or I’ll write letters to friends. I also write poems. It helps me reflect on what I’m learning and what God’s teaching me. I also color.
One little-known fact about you?
A/N: Believe it or not, Rachael sings! (It’s an inside joke from NewSong ’17 tour; a phrase said in response to when the obvious is stated. Sorry Rachael, I just had to throw this in :P)
I almost went to culinary school for baking. I enjoy baking anything that I can decorate. One of my staples is my sugar cookie recipe, decorated with buttercream frosting.
One song from NewSong’s current repertoire that gets stuck in your head?
Favorite Bible hero/verse/book/etc.?
2 Corinthians 12:9-10.
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
When I got a concussion in high school, this passage ministered to me because I couldn’t do things like before and I felt weak. This [passage] was a reminder that I can trust in God for things.
I love family movies – one of my favorites is Captain America.
What would you most want people to remember you for?
That I lived a life that wasn’t distracted by my own needs and desires, but that I reflected Christ’s love through my service and care to those around me.
Thanks for joining me, Rachael! And so, we conclude the NewSong MtM series (for now…)
Steak dinner: food.fnr.sndimg.com/content/dam/images/food/fullset/2007/1/2/0/valentines_steak.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.966.725.suffix/1385127027449.jpeg
Captain America: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/R9xgkBlrEn0/movieposter.jpg