All Nations Church – University City, Missouri
- Emerging Leader: Ashley Paavola
- Grant Program: Emerging Leader
- Amount of Grant: $10,000
- Dates of Grant Term: February 2018 – February 2020
Ashley Paavola is the Youth and Family Director at All Nations Church, a church-plant in University City,
Mo. Ashley graduated from Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Mo., in 2007 with a degree in Christian Ministry Studies and an emphasis on family ministry. After serving in the Youth Ministry Department at St. John Church in Ellisville, Mo., from 2004-2015, Ashley and her husband moved to University City to begin efforts to plant “a church as diverse as the city we serve.” After spending a year living and volunteering in the community, Ashley was presented with the unique opportunity to develop a student development program on behalf of All Nations Church at a local public elementary school called “Future Club.” The mother of a multiracial family through adoption and foster care, Ashley developed a heart for racial-reconciliation and connected parenting. Ashley sees cultural fluency, humility, and love for the community and its people as key elements to successful leadership.
Future Club is an after-school mentorship program hosted by All Nations Church at Jackson Park Elementary School in University City, Mo. The program helps students to imagine a future of possibilities as they explore careers and colleges while developing valuable life skills and character traits along the way. Future Club meets weekly and each month, second through fifth grade students discover character traits required in one of the new careers they learn about. At the end of the school year, Future Club will culminate with a fifth grade college trip and an end-of-year presentation party with parents.