Christina is familiar to many already. She first came to MAPC as a seminary intern from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2015-2016, working with Kids Club, Youth Worship, and was a regular presence in worship. When Chris left, she was invited to return to take on the duties of coordinating Sunday children’s and youth worship, as well as teaching the Youth Sunday School.
Christina Cosby brings an array of gifts to MAPC. Throughout her life she has had a passion for serving God’s children of all ages and backgrounds. She is a native of Lynchburg, Virginia where her family has resided for decades. She received her earliest forms of religious education at Frist Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg. Through her high school years she was an active participant of Glass Theater, a state-wide recognized theater program often through her high school. In addition, she enjoyed chairing French Club, Bible Study, and started an organization to help others better understand those living with disabilities. Outside of school she was an avid participant of the Mayor’s Youth Council, where she helped advise City Council on challenges that faced inner-city youth. However, she says the highlight of her high school days were the moments she spent at church. Christina regularly attended worship and participated in youth programs multiple times a week. She severed on First Presbyterians community missions committee, is an ordained Ruling Elder, and served her Presbytery as a leader for their youth council.
For her college years, Christina attended Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina, where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in religious studies and interpersonal communication. In the Summer of 2012 she completed an internship with the Centra’s Pastoral Care department in Lynchburg, Virginia. This opportunity better defined her call to ministry, and her passion for being present for others in their times of need. Upon completion of this educational opportunity, she boarded a plan for the first time, and traveled to Finland. In Finland, she studies comparative religion for an academic year. This was an important time for her personal growth as well as widening her educational and cultural horizons.
After graduating from Queens, Christina embarked on a new adventure and enrolled in the Master’s of Divinity program at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. Throughout her time at Princeton Christina remained an active participant among her peers joining in small groups, working with local church to serve under-privileged persons, and discerning her steps beyond higher education. Beyond working with youth and children at MAPC, Christina spent the summer of 2016 serving Church of the Covenant in Lynchburg, Virginia as their student pastor in the midst of their search for a full-time minister.
Christina is eagerly looking forward to her time at MAPC as Director of Christian Formation. In this role, she will have the joy of planning educational opportunities for adults, youth, and children. When asked, Christina describes her definition of ministry as: “Ministry to me is meeting people where they are, and walking alongside them. Listening to their stories, sharing tears, and laughter. God graciously entered into this broken world to walk alongside us in the mist of our brokenness. Therefore, we must show others the same kind of grace and love.” The position of DCF will allow, Christina to listen to the stories of the congregation at MAPC in hopes of creating meaningful educational programs for peoples of all ages.