All Specialists / Esther Gray
Orange Kids Specialist/Spanish
What is your ministry background? Since I was ten years old, I wanted to be an Architect… I worked part-time at my home church, and I went to college to be an Architect. In that season, God shook up my life, turned my world upside down, and called me into full-time ministry. Since then, I have been in ministry for over 10 years, working in churches big and small as a Family Pastor, Children’s Pastor, and NextGen Pastor. My first encounter with Orange was at an Orange Conference, where I was a volunteer. That first experience changed my life as I learned from the best leaders in the world! And now, it is a privilege to be a part of the team!
What is your favorite part of being an Orange Specialist? Most of my ministry career, I felt alone. Being an OS allows me to be an ally to leaders and let them know that there is someone who is here for them and wants to help them succeed.
What are your 3 must read ministry books? It’s Just a Phase – So Don’t Miss It by Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy (especially for young leaders with no kids), Think Orange by Reggie Joiner (I promise they didn’t make me put this one) Growing Young by Kara Powell
What are your top 3 pet peeves? Slow drivers, people clicking their pens repeatedly and when things hanging on walls are not straight
Do you have any skills that most people don’t know about? I am a maker, I can do anything from painting a beautiful picture to making outdoor furniture. (That comes in handy in ministry)
If you could be anywhere other than here, right this minute, where would you be? The Beach (The ocean calls me like Moana! lol )
Flashback to when you were 10 years old. What do you want to be when you grow up? An Architect!
How do you want people to remember you? Fun, Kind and full of grace for others
Name three words that you describe you. Creative, fun and loyal
What’s a goal you have for yourself that you want to accomplish in the next year? Write and Illustrate a children’s book
Name a few of your daily habits (other than a shower and brushing your teeth). Every day I try to do something creative, and play on the ground and be hands on with my kids at least for a little bit
What do you do with friends in your spare time? Eat & Laugh
What would be your personal motto? Choose Joy
If you had $100 and the day to yourself, what would you do? I would go get lunch, a facial, and take a nap