Danielle is a self-proclaimed professional juggler (of activities, that is). After growing up in Kentucky, she felt called into missions and went to Milligan College (a Christian liberal arts school) in Tennessee. After graduating from Milligan in 2010 with degrees in Humanities and Sociology and a minor in French, she moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to begin working on a Masters/PhD in Sociology at LSU, which she will complete in December 2016.
Danielle is proud of her “nerdishness” as well as her athletic history. She played soccer and softball in high school and intended to play softball in college before losing her scholarship to injury. Although her competitive sports career came to a premature end, she has been travelling with SportQuest since 2006 (Belgium, Ireland, Indianapolis) and has discovered a passion for sharing the Gospel through any means possible, but especially through sports! Since being in Baton Rouge, she has developed a heart for the Gardere neighborhood – an inner city community that has become synonymous with poverty and crime. Danielle partners with local community organizations to bring hope and create a “safe place” for youth caught in a troubled environment. Since 2012, Danielle has served as the Project Coordinator for SportQuest Baton Rouge, facilitating teams each summer who come to lead sports camps in the Gardere community.
Danielle is currently finishing her doctoral dissertation at LSU, meaning she’s extremely busy with lots of schoolwork. When she has time though, she likes to swim, bike, and support LSU football. She is amazed each and every day that the Lord helps her find time and strength to balance academics, ministry, a social life, and her relationship with Christ. She is learning that a calling into missions is a calling to live each and every day faithfully and intentionally.