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Cortney Ostrander
New Hope Assembly of God
Urbandale, Iowa

What is it that you love about children's ministries? 

I love being able to connect with the whole family; to be able to build relationships that span generations! It is my absolute joy as a pastor to do life together and for our kiddos to know that they are known and loved and wanted by God and by us! How cool is it that I GET TO help ignite an excitement and hunger in kids to build a relationship with God that lasts a lifetime?! I LOVE IT!

What is one of the most interestings things going on in your life right now? 

We have been able to partner with some new missionaries this year through BGMC and I am so stoked about it!

What do you do for fun outside of ministry? 

 I am learning to play the ukulele! I also love to learn new things, drink coffee, and spend time making my own two kiddos laugh (:

What is the best lesson you have learned from children's ministries?

This is hard. SO MANY. One of my favorite things, is seeing how sweet ministry becomes the longer that you stay and the deeper relationships you work to build. I think I have learned to love people better and deeper. I have been at New Hope for almost 12 years and the trust that is built when you are able to stay somewhere for a long time is so incredible. I love being able to say to a new kindergartner in our elementary ministry, "I have watied for you all your life!"