Now that Juntos is finally around the corner, I thought it necessary that we re-start this blog and keep ya’ll updated about our adventures and the work God is doing within and through the Potter’s Clay ministry that has been a part of Westmont for so many years.
It is only appropriate that we introduce ourselves to you, the Westmont community and Potter’s Clay supporters, so here are somewhat biographical messages from each of the team members!
First, our inspirational co-directors: Mackenzie Lanphear and Ian Clark
Hello all! My name is Mackenzie and I am the Potter’s Clay Co-Director for this year’s team and I am so excited to be part of this organization! I am a senior at Westmont, majoring in Communication studies and have been a part of several other ministries on campus before Potter’s Clay, though this is definitely my first big leadership role. I hope that this year our team would pursue Christ in all we do in our preparation for Juntos and the spring break trip in March. I am originally from Colorado and enjoy the hiking, skiing, and sunshine the beautiful state has to offer! I also enjoy traveling, good conversations, and writing. I am so excited to be part of this organization with my team-mates this year and look forward to what the Lord has in store. Gloria a Dios!
My father has been working in youth ministry for over thirty years and was a major part of Azuza Pacific’s ministry in Mexicali and Ensenada for about twenty-five years. The beautiful thing about that is Potter’s Clay grew out of Azuza’s outreach in Mexico. I grew up taking yearly trips down with him and the rest of my family. I am currently studying history at Westmont and am in my last year here. In the midst of all the busyness, I try to find time to invest in my close friends. I also love literature and exploring the Bible. In the last year prayer has become incredibly important to me (even if I don’t pray as much as I would like to) and I seek that time so that I might know Him more intimately. Potter’s Clay has truly been an answer to many of my prayers. God put me here for so many reasons and I am excited to find out what they are and how He seeks to use me in my final year at Westmont.
Our get-down-to business managers: Deborah Hill and Dallas Thueringer
My name is Deborah Hill and I am the Business Co-director for the Potter’s Clay core team 2012-2013. I am a senior in the teaching credential program and am looking forward to teaching in the lower elementary grades after I graduate. The second of four children, I was born and raised in Santa Barbara until my family moved north in my elementary years. As business manager my vision is to use my role in order to further relationships both in Santa Barbara and Ensenada. In addition to this goal I plan to use my role to support my teammates in their needs. I am so excited for what this year holds and the relationships that will be strengthened and those that will be started between the community of Santa Barbara and the community of Ensenada. God has an amazing plan for this year and I am blessed to be a small piece of the Potter’s Clay puzzle.
My name is Dallas Thueringer, I’m 21 years old and will be graduating this school year. I study Chemistry and Biology with the hopes of becoming either a public or global health administrator. One passion of mine is traveling and through my education I have been blessed enough to do so. Hopefully my desire to travel somehow aligns its self with my academic focus. I love Jesus. As a Business Manager on the Potters Clay Core Team I hope to facilitate strong community both here at Westmont and in Ensenada by being a good steward with what God has blessed us with, this will be dome by communicating well and being responsible. I hope to facilitate visions and brainstorm ideas with what we have rather than being the monetary block that prevents creativity. I look forward to working with you!
The fearless Construction leaders:Madi Hurst and Chris Dahl
Hi! My name is Madi Hurst! I am the construction co-director for PC ’12-’13. I am currently a Senior in the credential program to be a teacher, and look forward teaching students in older elementary. I was raised in Orange County with my parents and sister. I love playing sports and being active. In my free time, I like to create art and read. My vision for my position is to continue to provide for the construction teams materials to do their jobs, while connecting them with relationships in Ensenada.
My name is Chris Dall and I am 21 years old. I was born in Santa Barbara, California on December 3, 1990. I grew up in Santa Barbara and went to high school at Santa Barbara High before going to UC Irvine for college for two years. I transferred to Westmont last year and got involved in athletics. I also went on Potter’s Clay with the sports team last year and enjoyed that very much. I have a little sister named Emily who also goes to Westmont, a mom named Cindy, and a dad named Jim. I enjoy surfing, snowboarding, athletics and hanging out with friends.
Our exuberant VBS leaders: Jonny Wahl and Gabby Pinheiro-Chavez
My name is Jonny Wahl and I will be serving as VBS Co-Director with the fabulous Gabby Pinheiro-Chavez. I come from a family of tall, orange people who live in San Jose, California. I transferred to Westmont this fall and I dare say that I love it here. Speaking of love, I’d like you to know that I love God and children and laughter. Also, I have a particular affection for hugs. I’m extremely excited for the work that God is doing in Ensenada and I await Juntos and Potter’s Clay with eager anticipation!
You have no idea how excited I am to be on PC this upcoming year. This is my third year at Westmont and I’m majoring in Communication and Hispanic Studies. I have a small family with just my parents and my younger brother. Both my parents are immigrants to the United States from Brazil and El Salvador so I’ve grown up speaking Spanish and Portuguese. I feel blessed to know another language because it just gives me more opportunities to share the gospel with God’s people. I have always loved working with kids and showing them what great things God can do in their lives if they believe in Him. So I look forward to c0-leading VBS this year as well as partnering with all of our brothers and sisters in Ensenada to do our best in serving the kingdom of God here on earth. I pray that everything we do this year be out of love and that we would have an attitude of servant hood and selflessness to know that it’s all for God’s glory. I can’t wait to see how the Lord works in and through us this year. God Bless! ~ Isaiah 64:8
Our exceptional Med/Dent directors: Jennifer Davis and Dean LaBarba
Hello, my name is Jennifer Davis and I am this year’s female, medical/dental co-director. I am a junior, double majoring in Biology and Chemistry. Sailing, dancing, worship, and studying the human body are just three of my passions. I am looking forward to watching how the Lord will work through this ministry and the lives He will affect. My goal for this year is that Christ’s uniting love be expressed through quality medical services in showing compassion, love, and care while serving our brothers and sisters in Ensenada.
Hi, My name is Dean. I am a senior double majoring in biology and chemistry. Currently I am applying to medical school and hope to be enrolled next fall. I enjoy the outdoors, especially fishing for trout. I love all things science and telling adventurous tales. I have been blessed by God in so many ways through my leadership on Potter’s Clay already and I look forward and open to the ways God will grow and walk with me.
Our jubilant sports director: Jake Allbaugh
Hey! My name is Jake Allbaugh; I am in my second year at Westmont College and the new Potter’s Clay Sport’s Director. First and most importantly, Jesus Christ is and always will be my Lord and Savior and is constantly teaching me how to seek His glory in everything I do, say, and think. My family includes a mom and dad as well as a younger brother; I love and am very close with all of them. I have participated in Sports my entire life and have learned some of the most important life lessons from Sport experiences. Also, I really enjoy surfing. I believe that surfing has a huge potential to be used as an opportunity to witness and proclaim the awesome love of God and His saving grace. I am excited that the Lord has given me this opportunity to serve alongside my brothers and sisters in Mexico and cannot wait to see how He works!
Our splendid transportation director: Amos Cole
My name is Amos Cole and I am currently a senior at Westmont, majoring in chemistry and minoring in music. My parents are missionaries in Japan and I was born and raised there all the way through the end of high school. That being said, I went to Japanese public elementary school and an international missionary school for junior and high school. Some of my passions are singing, hiking, swimming, and eating new and crazy things. My upbringing in Japan is still a big part of me and I still pray for the people of Japan and go back there from time to time. Because of my parent’s involvement in ministry in Japan, I have a big passion for missions with a big emphasis in long-term missions. Having been exposed to the ministry of Potter’s Clay, I realized that though we only go down to Mexico for a few weekends and a week-long trip each year, I love how Westmont College has partnered with many of the churches of Ensenada for over thirty years and I realized that Potter’s Clay is an amazing long term ministry. I look forward to serving the students of Westmont College along with our brothers and sisters in Ensenada.
And finally, your faithful blogger and creative communications director: Avary Mitchell
I am the creative communications director for Potter’s Clay this year. I am an art major, and a senior this year. I’m from San Francisco, California, which is where I was born and grew up. I live with my mom, dad, and three sisters. I became a Christian before my freshman year of high school and have been interested in missions ever since, having the opportunity to serve abroad in quite a few different countries. I am so excited for this year, and to learn about Potters clay, ministry in Ensenada, and Jesus!
And from the 2012-2013 core team as a whole, we appreciate your prayers and support, and pray blessings for you this year!