Photos of Logan Recob (left) and Rev. Teresa Larson (right).

One former Presbytery of Lake Michigan Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) reflected on the amazing changes she underwent during her year of service while another a young member of presbytery begins a year of YAV service in Asheville, NC.

“Know that a ‘year of service for a lifetime of change’ is our (YAV) slogan, and it’s no joke,” said the Rev. Teresa Larson during a podcast. “Do your best to find the balance between allowing yourself to be challenged and pushed and being gentle with yourself and opening yourself up in all the ways you can to give and receive and share the grace of God that will be made known to you in many surprising and creative ways.”

Larson, who currently serves as associate pastor at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Milwaukee, was one of two former YAVs who spoke during the August 15, 2022 “Between Two Pulpits” broadcast. Listen to the broadcast or read about it in an article posted online by Mike Ferguson of the Presbyterian News Service.

Meanwhile, Logan Recob, a member of the Brooklyn Presbyterian Church was among 22 YAVs commissioned during an August 22, 2022 online service described in an article by Mike Ferguson of the Presbyterian News Service. Watch the hour-long service here.

“I hope that the YAV program will help myself and others grow in faith and service of God,” Recob said via an email about his upcoming service in Asheville, NC. 

Recob, a college senior was the presbytery’s Young Adult Advisory Delegate to the 225th General Assembly this summer. 

YAV is an ecumenical, faith-based year of service for young people ages 19 to 30 in sites across the country and world.  Learn more about the YAV program here.