Cierra Reynolds – North Carolina Interview by Claire Plath Nomination and Photography by Marcella Colette Photography Issue 36 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Cierra Reynolds is an inspiring teen because of her Faith, her trust in God, her family and her leadership roles in the community. Cierra is a youth worship leader at her church and Senior Mentor in many community organizations. She gets to experience, full circle, the impact that she makes on those around her. Cierra strives to be the best leader and allows her life experiences and inspirations to push her to do her very best and reach her ultimate goal in life, which is to be the voice for all youth and have a positive impact on all.
Photography by Marcella Colette Photography
What I enjoy most about serving others through my faith is the positive impact I see on their lives. Increasing their faith through my worship really does make me and others stronger believers in Christ. My faith in God has impacted my life, not only spiritually but mentally. The way I think, the way I move, my growth as a person. Having faith means to have complete trust in someone or something, and I believe when you have complete trust you have no other worries in life.
My role as a Youth Worship Leader, at The Park Church in Charlotte, NC. I am a part of the Judah Choir; we serve every second Sunday and we also serve at other churches youth events. I lead worship to the entire congregation. I’ve been singing in the Judah Choir since I was 4 years old, then got the opportunity to sing with the adult praise team at the age of 10, and ever since then I’ve been full-time leading worship on second Sundays. I really enjoy serving in this ministry because singing is my form of worship. Senior Mentor in my community, I am a senior mentor for an organization called The Sandbox, my role and the mission for the organization, is when a child is diagnosed with cancer, life-altering, or terminal illness, we help the people in our community to meet the practical, and emotional needs of families at the time of diagnosis or referral. We create opportunities for families that encourage friendships, create lasting memories, produce joyful experiences and most importantly, restore hope. I am also Drama Club Co-President at Mallard Creek High School.
Photography by Marcella Colette Photography
Serving and Volunteering to help others has become a passion of mine ever since elementary school. I went to a Montessori School, and the main teaching “principal” was to always volunteer within your community. I would always be the student who stayed after school, helped during my lunch, and even came to volunteer with gardening or any school events. And, not knowing this then, I know now how that prepared me for all the work and service I do now. I really enjoy helping others & giving back. Knowing that I can do something in this world, whether that’s in my church serving or volunteering in school. It makes me a better person every day, I really give all thanks to God and my Mom, Rachel Reynolds, for supporting me in all that I do.
I’ve always been the athletic child and came from a very athletic household. I played basketball, cheerleading, soccer, dance/gymnastics, and tennis. All starting at the age of 4. My love for tennis began when I went to a tennis camp at a local rec center and then going into high school, I knew I wanted to play a sport, sophomore year I tried out for the tennis team and made it. My faith has completely impacted how I serve and who I am as a person. I live everyday having complete trust in God, and when I’m serving, as a youth worship leader, I really get to be free in that space. As a person, growth and positivity runs through my veins. It really is decreasing me, Increasing God. Living life and loving without limits.
Photography by Rachel Reynolds
One way I can encourage other teens to give back to their communities and make a difference in their environments, just like I have, is by using my voice and my platform. Many teens want to make a difference in this world and in their communities but may not know how. Telling teens that at first, it’s okay not to know, but try new things so you know what you want to do. Whatever it is that they are good at, their communities need. Have Dreams, Always Love, Grow in Faith.
Cierra will be featured in issue 36 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!