Hey! I’m Daniel.
I was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but spent my formative years in Arkansas. I met my wife, Holly, there while studying ministry at Harding University. I could not have asked for a better partner in life and ministry! Before starting Sojourn, I worked in campus ministry in Arkansas, while finishing my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.
I met Jesus the summer after my high school graduation. Depression, alcohol, and cheap tricks to control my emotions consumed my life. College loomed large in my mind as an opportunity to try something new. Over that summer, I committed to doing whatever Jesus asked of me, if He would give me a second chance at life. He hasn’t disappointed.
He’s taken me to places in the world I thought I would never go and into depths of my heart I never wanted to go. In many ways, faith has been difficult for me. It’s been a long process and a struggle at times. Yet, my relationship with Jesus has been the most transformative aspect of my life. He has walked with me through terrible heartache, overwhelming doubts, and deepest joys.
I’m a sojourner at heart. I thrive on experiencing nature, trying new food, biking streets I’ve never seen before, climbing mountains, standing in awe of ancient trees, and meeting all kinds of different people. I don’t completely know where I’m going, but I’m having a great time getting there!
Finally, I love Seattle. And I love Udub. Exploring faith in the global, postmodern world of this place and creating communities for others to do the same is my passion. Leading this talented, passionate group of people at Sojourn is an honor.
Hi, I’m Holly!
Alabama-native, wife to Daniel, pup-mom to Milton (our cockapoo), and lover of all things sweet. I graduated from Harding University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2015, and with a Masters in Communication Disorders from Arkansas State University in 2016. I currently work as a speech-language pathologist at a private practice in Everett, WA.
My greatest passion is to travel. My most transformative experiences have been when learning new cultures in new parts of the world. Outside of traveling, I am happiest to my core when I am listening to the stories of those around me with a good cup of joe in hand. Connecting with others through shared experiences is my happy place.
I decided to follow Jesus once I realized that in Him there was hope available to me. I didn’t have to remain in the darkness of who I was anymore. Jesus was saying, “I intended more for you. Let me help you find your healing and your adventure.” From that moment on I have been on a journey of discovering what those words mean.
Have questions? Let’s meet up!
Hi, I'm Devon!
Are you confident that no one is as awkward as you? Do you think you are always the one embarrassing yourself in big groups? Are you ready for this social nightmare to end? Good news! Once you meet me, you’ll know that you are NOT the biggest goober in the room!
For most of my life, I pursued happiness in all the wrong places. However, addiction and pride never could satisfy my thirst. I was at the end of my patience with religion/spirituality. One night on top of a mountain is all it took for God to wrap me in His arms, and make me a son of God. That is the night I began my journey of knowing Jesus. I experienced healing and love through the life and death of Jesus in ways that I could not find in previous pursuits.
I am still overcoming the brokenness in myself, and I still have questions and doubts about the world we live in, but that won’t stop me from doing some of my favorite things, which include:
Talking about Jesus
Playing disc golf
Biking the Burke Gillman
Almost any sport
Dancing in the rain
Long walks on the beach
I am originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, but I am currently attempting to limit my southern accent. My southern hospitality, however, will never go away. After receiving a bachelor's degree in Sociology with minors in Philosophy and Psychology from Arkansas State University, I married the prettiest girl in the world, Diamond Sears. We have planted our family (two dogs and beta fish) in the U-District very close to campus, so I can be a full time campus minister at the University of Washington.
No one reaches out to people because of a bio they read on the internet...but no one likes to be a statistic either. So which will you choose? Contact me at:
My name is Diamond Sears. I am from Arkansas and, according to one of my students, I “sound like a cowgirl”, despite my effort to cover the accent. I am married to Devon Sears, and am a special education teacher here in Seattle.
I grew up in a God loving family, and had great support from my church which helped build a foundation for my walk with Jesus. I sought him and wanted to do right by him, but I don’t think I learned to love and depend on him. I was very prideful and focused on my performance and appearance of being a faithful Christian and meeting unobtainable expectations I placed on myself. Going to college changed the way I thought about, and talked to God. I learned to love him and be in relationship with him.
Although pride, self-centeredness, and insecurity are still things I battle daily, I am learning to lean into grace, and the freedom of being in Christ, rather than beating myself up for not being “good-enough.”
Some of my favorite things are…
My husband and puppy Barney
The Sojourn team (for real, I adore these people)
Riding my bike (That’s new! Thank you, Seattle!)
Sweet tea (If you know anywhere in Seattle with good sweet tea, let me know!!!)
I hope to meet you soon!
Hi! I’m Ethan!
I was born in a small town in Arkansas, and raised in an even smaller town (like a few hundred people small). I eventually moved off to college at Arkansas State University where, five years later, I earned a teaching degree. I also met my future wife Heather there! I currently work as a Science teacher at the Edmond S. Meany Middle School.
I grew up going to church with my mother and brother. In that small country church I learned a lot of foundational things about the Bible, but I never found my faith. Once in college, the emptiness and shallowness I had with my friends left me feeling alone. I found community, and eventually faith, through a ministry at my university. After finding this, I knew it wasn’t something for me to harbor. I wanted other people to have what I experienced, and that led me here!
I really love to explore where I am. One of my favorite things to do is to go to new places near where I live, and try new foods! I really love spending time just having fun with my friends and meeting new people. I am really passionate about community and politics. I find a weird amount of fun in having long talks about hard issues.
Hit me up sometime!
Check out my cat’s Instagram too!
Hey, I'm Heather!
From small town Arkansas to Seattle, Washington, my journey has led many places. I grew up in Mountain View, AR to a dedicated Mama and Daddy and life was pretty much like your average country song. I was the first in my family to attend and graduate from college all thanks to two sacrificial parents and God. At Arkansas State University, a campus ministry stole my heart and I knew God was calling me to follow Him. The community I found there changed my life and I experienced God's love like never before.
I graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Psychology and married the love of my life and fellow sojourner, Ethan, in 2016. I've had the pleasure of working for several ministries and non-profits that have given me an abundance of joy. I currently work at Stevens Elementary School as an office administrator, using my skills to benefit the lives of students.
I dream of a world set free with no more slavery or pain, and I am determined to give of myself until Jesus comes back around. I am a studier of people, lover of pretty sounds, admirer of all things antique, and a cat lady. I am passionate about Women's rights, abolishing slavery, and adoption. I just try to follow the one who made me.
Let's get in touch!
Hi! I’m Inyoung.
I am from Seoul, South Korea. I decided to study in the States and transferred to Arkansas State University after I finished my freshman year in Korea. This is where I met my husband Ohki. I finished BS of Marketing in 2017 and moved to Seattle to be a part of Sojourn campus ministry.
I grew up with Christian church background, and many people in my life had tried to convinced me. But it never truly convinced me to believe god until I met Wolflife campus ministry at ASU. They taught me the story of bible and how great Jesus is, which was the main reason that I decided to get baptized. I would like to introduce Jesus to more people.
If you are currently looking for a great community that you can trust and rely on, Sojourn would be a perfect community for you. Sojourn will welcome you from the heart!
Don’t hesitate to contact me!
Hi I'm Ohki,
I grew up in Tokyo. Went to Kobe University for two years majoring in physics/math, dropped out because I was bored and somehow realized I needed to go to the US. Firstly learned English in Melbourne, Florida and ended up in Arkansas State University for the other two years, majoring in computer science. That's where I met my wife, best friend, and Jesus. Currently I work in Seattle as a software engineer.
I grew up with no faith nor grace whatsoever. Making fun of religious people was my thing. I strongly believed in science as the counterevidence against God until 23 years old. Yep, I've done so many wrong, bad things in my life. But after all, I begged my best friend to baptize me for I have witnessed Jesus' presence and needed His help. It's a long story. I'm happy to share with you my life story with Jesus here in Sojourn campus ministry and that's actually what I'm here for.
I love Pho. I found this food when we moved to Seattle. And we've been analyzing various kinds of Pho and I think I've figured out what makes good Pho. I play bunch of video games too by the way.
See you around in U-district!