Natalie graduated in May 2018 from Disciples-affiliated Drury University in
Springfield, MO, where she majored in Religious Studies and Spanish. She acted as a peer mentor for international students in Drury's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program and worked at the campus library as a Circulation Assistant. Natalie is fairly new to the Disciples but found her way to Central Christian Church in Springfield because she sought a faith journey that fostered inclusivity and community engagement. She has a passion for music, dance, intercultural communication, and interfaith dialogue, and she loves discovering how these inspire and inform the pursuit of social justice. Natalie dances West Coast Swing and other assorted styles, practices yoga, plays ukulele, crochets, and cultivates a sense of perpetual curiosity.