Position: Area Representative – GWU
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We are excited to introduce Jolee Paden as our newest Area Representative, specifically focusing her ministry on the coaches and athletes at George Washington University. As our staff grows, history is also being made – Jolee is the first ever FCA-DC female staff working in the ministry on a campus.
Jolee moved to the DC area in August 2016 to work with Back on My Feet, an organization that uses running as a tool to combat homelessness. Her time spent with the local church and coaching high school cross country and track stirred a deeper desire, and by May 2017 she was discerning the call to join the FCA team.
Growing up in the Champaign-Urbana, IL area, Jolee became heavily involved with FCA. She attended power camp at a young age, but was really captivated by the huddle leader experience as a high school student. By her junior year of high school, she helped launch FCA at her high school. This enabled her to learn what it looked like to take ownership of her own faith.
It was her faith that led her to Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA. She competed in four years of varsity cross country and track, launched an FCA presence on campus, and interned with the local ministry in Harrisonburg. She had the opportunity to grow and learn more about God's call on her life as she traveled to the Middle East for a semester and soon after published a runner's devotional book (Spiritual Runner: A Runner After God's Own Heart).
"I did not grow up a 'city girl,' but it seems like it is in my blood. Most people feel like they experience God when they are spending time in nature. I feel the fullness of the Lord as I bike and run through the streets of DC. I love the people, the places and the apparent desire of people who want purpose for their lives."
"It is only by God's grace that everything has unfolded like it has. I am overwhelmed with excitement and anticipation for what God is going to do in DC. It is a privilege and honor to be serving coaches and athletes at George Washington University at such a time as this."