Meet the Team: Joey Evans

Meet the Team: Joey Evans

This post is part of a series called “Meet the Team” introducing you to our Generation LINK staff. We hope it will help you get to know Generation LINK staff members serving around the country a little better. 

Where did you graduate from and what did you study?
I graduated from Clemson University in December of 2008 with a B.S. in Political Science. I graduated again from Clemson University in May of 2013 with a M.A. in Professional Communication.

What led you to do Generation LINK?
Since finishing undergrad, the Lord has slowly been growing within me a love for the local church. I’ve worked for parachurch organizations and came back to grad school with the desire to use a communications degree to serve/lead within a parachurch or non-profit organization. Over my time in graduate school, I completely fell in love with the local church and He worked within me a desire to use my gifts to serve there. I’m still processing those desires: does it look like vocational ministry? Lay leadership and service? Generation LINK gave me an opportunity to serve the church body I love – Crosspoint Church in Clemson- while being equipped for a life of ministry, whether it’s in the local church or in the workplace.

Which location and what areas of ministry do you serve with through Generation LINK?
I serve at Crosspoint Church in Clemson. Within Student Ministry, I serve with a specific focus on high schoolers. I also serve with the Media and Publicity ministries at Crosspoint, giving oversight to Sunday morning media and then chipping in to meet any publicity needs that arise. 

What are you most excited about in your area of ministry?
I’m excited to see high school guys make their faith their own. Student ministry can be frustrating at times; you wonder if your students are listening or even care about what you have to say or what the Word says. As a student ministry team, our prayer of late has been that the Lord would move in our students’ hearts to open their eyes to their need for Christ. We know that we cannot “persuade” our students to trust Jesus, to submit to Him, or to regard Him as Lord. We cannot persuade them to think about life from a Biblical worldview. We cannot give them discipline to seek the Lord. This is extremely humbling, but also absolutely thrilling. My greatest excitement toward student ministry is the excitement of knowing that God is completely capable of setting the hearts of my high school guys on fire for the Gospel.

What 2-3 books have been most formative in your walk with Christ?
“Spiritual Disciplines of the Christian Life” – Donald Whitney
“A Gospel Primer” – Milton Vincent
The Letter to the Hebrews

What are your favorite things to do in your free time?
I immensely enjoy anything active/competitive. Basketball is the all-time favorite, while racquetball is a recent hobby. I love being outside in creation and I delight in watching the seasons change. I have slept in my ENO more times than I can count. I think I’m becoming a better reader. I’m an avid coffee drinker, an avid Duke basketball fan, and a slightly less avid Atlanta Braves fan. I enjoy travel and exploring new places, but it’s hard to beat an afternoon downtown in my hometown: Greenville, South Carolina.

What is your typical coffee shop order?
Grande dark roast with an inch of room and two raw sugars at Starbucks. Anywhere else, it’s just black coffee.

By: Joey Evans