Destinee Valadez


Meet Destinee

As I think about how I got to Onward, I think of Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Growing up I always loved traveling, especially to London, but I never thought I would ever leave Southern California. The Lord had way better plans and brought me Texas after graduating from Westmont College with a degree in elementary education.

I accepted Christ as my Savior at a young age but it wasn’t until middle school that I began to understand what a relationship with the Lord looks like and the importance of spending time daily with Him reading His Word. The Lord used our church in a multitude of ways to strengthen my love for Him. Onward is where I continue to experience the blessings of living in a biblical community that encourages me, holds me accountable and helps me live out what I believe.

I always knew I wanted to work with children and for three years after college I taught 2nd and 3rd grade in Frisco. I loved getting to teach and build relationships with children and their families. The Lord used teaching to grow me in dependence on him and sharpen my faith. Outside of the classroom, doors were opening to serve, lead and teach in kids ministry at church. After serving, I would walk away full of joy and ready to do it again! So I began to pray and process if the Lord would open doors for me to do this full time.

After praying for about two years, the door opened to do the Watermark Institute in 2019 and then shortly thereafter was blessed with an opportunity to be the Starting Blocks Coordinator in Frisco. Through working in kids ministry, the Lord continues to strengthen my faith and amaze me with how young children are able to grasp the truths of scripture, as well as, how the Lord provides week after week just what is needed. It is an extreme blessing to call this my job and to get to work and serve alongside so many amazing people!

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