Joe KimGod has always been present throughout Joe's life. However, upon truly accepting Christ as his Savior, God has really made His presence known throughout his daily life. By seeing how God can work not only on him but on his fellow brothers and sisters as well, God has really shown Joe how quick He is to love! God works consistently in his life, whether it would be with the blessings He provides throughout the day, or humbling him when he needs to be humbled. Joe is glad to be in the presence of the Lord!Joe is a part of ARISE Staff as he wants to support the youth as they grow fervently in God's Word, just as how ARISE has blessed him in both Junior High and High School with His Word. Seeing how God works among the youth despite the hardships that come their way is truly a blessing to Joe, and he hopes to serve God to the best of his ability and do His Will!
Tara has lived in New England all her life and ARISE was a formative part of her spiritual growth, first as a student, and later as a youth teacher, counselor, and seminar speaker. She grew up in church, but truly heard the Gospel and accepted Christ as her savior at her first ARISE summer retreat in 2004. Since then, her conviction to love and serve the youth in ministry and in work has been an overflow of God's "Revolutionary Love" in her life. She longs for this generation to also taste and see that the Lord is good! Tara graduated from Brandeis University and received her M.S.W from Smith College School for Social Work. She is currently working with children and families as an in home therapist. Tara is a coffee addict, an accident magnet, and has more than one sweet tooth. Will bake for good (bad) puns.