Montreat Young Adult Experience 2018-2019

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Zach, Emma and Savanna from left to right

The Montreat Young Adult Experience participants (MYAEs – pronounced “M-Yays” by us in the office) will spend ten months living together in Walnut Lodge and rotate through each department at Montreat Conference Center. They will engage with various Montreat staff throughout their time here in discernment and community activities, with the goal of growth and clarity. They’ve lived together for the past month and a half and want people to know that they’ve already completed two 1,000 piece puzzles, have adopted an aloe plant, and are hosting a Halloween themed open house! Find short bios below on each of the MYAEs.

After spending her childhood in six different states, when you ask Emma where she’s from she’ll give a different answer every time. The longest she’s ever lived anywhere was the past five years in New Haven, CT, where she went to Yale, studying geology and geophysics, and working in student affairs. A lover of lap swimming, public libraries, handbell choir, and homemade pizza, please feel free to introduce yourself and give a book or recipe recommendation!

Savanna, born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, is stoked about joining the Montreat community! She is a recent graduate from Sewanee: The University of the South, where she studied sustainability and education. You may find Savanna out and about in Black Mountain on a quest to listen to live music or at rest in a hammock among trees near Lake Susan. Make sure to stop and say hello!

Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, Zach comes to Montreat through his work in youth and camping ministry. With a degree in music education from the University of Kentucky and years of experience as part of Burnamwood Camp and Conference Center’s staff, he hopes to use his skills to help foster spiritual and recreational experiences for others through service at Montreat. Practicing music, exploring creek beds, and driving to find new places are some of the things you might see Zach doing with his free time as he gets to know this valley and its people!

Savanna, Zach and Emma from left to right