Lauren was raised in Lake Mary, Florida as an only child. Early on, she had a propensity of making friends with nearby children during Sunday services, earning the ire of those in surrounding pews. This innate ability manifested itself again in high school, where she became a student youth leader and planned a variety of events for younger students, including feeding the homeless, overnight camps, and fall festivals. It was during this time that she fully saw the beauty of the church community around her, as well as the imperfection and hurt of the students, counselors, and her friends.

In 2005, Lauren moved to Jacksonville to attend the University of North Florida. She became the director of the student programming board in her junior year, using it as a chance to create a welcoming family for students who might have been otherwise lost. In 2009 she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and a Bachelor of Arts in English. Shortly after, Lauren joined the FBC JAX Communications team as a graphic designer and has since expanded her focus to include social media and digital design. She lives with her dog, Cora, and enjoys visiting her neighborhood arts market, reading, and volunteering with a tiger sanctuary (Catty Shack Ranch).

Lauren considers social media as a way to connect with all people, including those who feel they are too broken or too imperfect to be welcomed into a church family. She believes social media offers a chance to celebrate the vibrancy of the church community and creates a stepping-stone for people to physically visit and join a church. Her favorite verse can be found in Ecclesiastes 7:13, “Consider the work of God, For who is able to straighten what He has bent?”

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