Kirsten is a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Camp Hill. She has been attending mission trips with LutheranHands since the 2009 trip to New Orleans. This was her first mission trip, and ever since she has been hooked! Kirsten continued going on trips with LHands throughout high school, and in college began helping as a Mission Trip Leader Shadow and Assistant. She assisted with trips to New Jersey and Detroit from 2013-2015. In the summer of 2016, Kirsten lead the summer trip to Detroit. And came full circle in her LHANDS experience leading 2017 Summer Trip to back to NOLA where her passion for mission trips began. One of the things she enjoys most about leading trips is watching youth and adults to grow their faith by serving as Jesus did.
As a Licensed Social Worker, when Kirsten is not planning mission trips, she works as a family therapist for Pressley Ridge serving families who are marginalized and underserved. In her free time, Kirsten loves hitting up the dance studio and spending time with family and friends.
Jesse Woodrow is one of the co-founders of LutheranHANDS and continues to serve as a mission trip leader with the team. Following Hurricane Katrina God called him to serve on the Gulf Coast. Following the first few trips, Michael Brommer and Jesse decided to launch what now is known as LutheranHANDS. They have been inviting their friends, family and neighbors ever since to help bring hope to disaster stricken areas.
Jesse is now passionate about growing leadership through service opportunities. He hopes that youth and young adults learn that they are able to be the change that is needed in the world today. They can light up the darkness and show everyone what Jesus looks like in the face of destruction.
Jesse is also the Coordinator of Children Youth and Family Ministry at Grace Lutheran Church in Camp Hill and a French and Spanish teacher at Middletown Area High School. When not serving in any of the aforementioned activities he prefers to be active and outside with his family.
Julia’s first mission trip was the 2010 summer LutheranHANDS trip to Chicago. After her first trip, Julia attended every summer and winter trip that she could! Since then, Julia has also served as a LutheranHANDS Trip Leader and Assistant. She is passionate about serving the communities of disaster-stricken areas and building relationships with the people and the communities she serves. She also enjoys witnessing the faith formation of volunteers as well as encouraging youth and adults to serve and to be leaders on the trips and in their own communities.
Julia is a medical student, pursuing her goal of becoming a physician. She is passionate about expanding her ability to help and serve her community by providing medical care. When she is not studying, she enjoys running, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her friends and family.