Kristen Otte

Finding Love and Laughter through Story

The End of One Chapter is the Start of a New Chapter



My life has been filled with teenagers for the past ten years. For two summers during college, I served as a camp counselor at Camp Wanake for middle school and high school campers. I graduated college with a degree in social studies education and a license to teach middle school and high school students. At Habitat for Humanity, I worked with area high schools to start a Youth United program at the affiliate. I worked with Citizen Schools, another fantastic nonprofit, which mentors at-risk middle school students. And of course, I have served in youth ministry for the past six years – the first three years at Rocky River Presbyterian Church and the last three at Forest Hill Church.

The past ten years have been wonderful. I have worked with amazing young people, incredible families, and great organizations. I learned so much about people, youth, myself, the church, organization, faith, and God. I got paid to lead mission trips, go whitewater rafting, and teach youth about Jesus. I wouldn’t trade these experiences for anything.

For the past several months, I have felt my passion shift. After many conversations with my husband and weeks of thoughtful prayer, I decided to leave my position as Youth Director at Forest Hill Church. I am excited for a new chapter in my life start, but leaving a position where you invest your time and heart is never easy.

I am especially excited about my future in writing and speaking. For the past couple years, I talked about writing and publishing, but I haven’t focused enough time to seriously pursue a career in writing. Soon I will have more flexibility in my schedule and brain power to write. I can’t wait to crank out more stories and book more venues to speak and teach about living your best story. I hope you will continue to follow along my journey.

The end of one chapter is always the start of a new chapter!


6 thoughts on “The End of One Chapter is the Start of a New Chapter

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  3. All the best to you Kristin. You were one of the chosen few who were about to break through to Trent. You will be missed.

    • Trent is a good kid! He just needs the right setting (like camp or retreats or modern worship) for faith to come alive to him.
      Thanks for the encouragement and support the past few years!

  4. Congratulations! Leaving something that’s been such a big part of your life is never easy, but how wonderful that you’ll now have more time to focus on writing!

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