Introducing St John’s New Director of Youth
I’m delighted to tell you that we have a new Youth Director. Connie Tapia has been a member of St John’s, along with her family, since 2021. She is a cradle Episcopalian and a native of England (her dad was doing a physician’s residency there) but has lived in Alabama nearly all her life.
Connie will serve in a half-time capacity beginning March 1st. I’m excited that we will have such a gifted and energetic leader for our young people.
I am thrilled to have been blessed with the opportunity of filling the Youth Director role at St. Johns. It has been on my heart to serve by leading the youth of our church. I am currently a junior in college, obtaining my Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. Alongside my education, I am studying to become a real estate agent and broker for the State of Alabama.
I served as a Camp Counselor during high school at Camp McDowell. And I also had the pleasure of staffing my summers at Sawyerville Day Camp. I’m looking forward to being on adult staff for Happening #84 this coming weekend. Personally, I am a very adventurous, outdoorsy, and compassionate person. I love to kayak, play tennis and ultimate frisbee, and run the occasional 5k race.
My vision for the youth can be summarized in two words – outreach & unity. Although a calm youth environment within the church walls can be fun, I’d like to get the youth out in the community more often. By possibly playing ultimate frisbee on a sunny Sunday or even volunteering at the local food bank. Finding ways and means of giving back to the city of Montgomery is something I am truly passionate about and would love to encourage the youth to have that same mindset.
Thank you for having me on board as staff at St. Johns and I look forward to meeting many of this wonderful, welcoming congregation.
As Connie comes on board, I’d love to recognize Ryan Branton, who has been acting as Youth Director since Joleen George’s move to South Carolina. Thank you, Ryan, – you are a treasure!