The speakers are wonderful and the music is unparalleled but the people you meet and the connections you form make One project gatherings truly unforgettable. In the weeks leading up to our Seattle gathering (February 14-16, 2016), we'll be highlighting a few of the faces you can look out for around the ballroom at the Westin Hotel.
“At the One project, I am most looking forward to seeing what God will do next, because He hasn't been at all predictable lately and I really don't know what to expect, but I know the experience will change my life.”
Shelby Shotwell will become a familiar face to virtually everyone at the One project Seattle since she will be working at the registration desk. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Shelby has two older sisters (Lindsey and Emma), a younger brother (Spencer), and "amazingly supportive parents" (Clint and Kristi). She currently lives in Boulder, Colorado, and is looking forward to seeing all of them over the holidays when she travels to Wisconsin for a visit.
Shelby's family moved to Colorado three days before her first day of high school. She graduated from Vista Ridge Academy, in Erie, CO. Her love for numbers and math led to a degree in mechanical engineering from Walla Walla University in Washington State. During college, she enjoyed cross-country skiing, swing dancing, and playing soccer with friends, as well as reading, writing, and driving around a nearby national park when she needed some personal time. After graduating in June 2015, Shelby moved back to Colorado just in time to help her parents move back to Wisconsin.
Over the past few months she's become more active at her local church in Boulder, thanks in part to the interning young adult pastor, Jessyka Albert, from Union College. She has also started working for the church and the One project as executive administrative assistant to the senior pastor, Japhet De Oliveira. Shelby says, "Even though this is not where I thought I would be a year ago and I don’t know where I will be a year from now, I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of this community of faith." She is particularly looking forward to seeing friends from Walla Walla in Seattle and introducing them to some of the people she's grown close to in Boulder.