Vanessa grew up in northeast India in a loving Christian family. She was raised in the church and accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at 16. Vanessa’s journey with God and to the United States has been one of blessing, divine appointments, and God’s provision.
During her senior year in high school, Vanessa met an American businessman visiting her hometown on a mission trip. Unbeknownst to her and her family, he had been looking to offer someone overseas a full scholarship to study in America. He chose to offer the scholarship to Vanessa, and she came to America to attend Judson University. At Judson, she received her BA in International Business and Marketing. Vanessa continued on to graduate school with a full scholarship as a Graduate Assistant and received an MBA degree from Missouri State University.
While living and working in downtown Chicago, Vanessa recognized that her life wasn’t very fulfilling and that there must be a greater purpose for God bringing her here. Through a series of events, God opened a door for her to work for a ministry called “Hope for the Children.” This fueled a desire in her heart to prepare for further ministry and study God’s Word in a more profound way, which in turn led her to Moody Theological Seminary, where she received her MA in Biblical Studies.
From the first day Vanessa attended 180 Chicago, she knew right away that this would be her home church, and God moved again as she was asked to serve Him as part of the staff. Her role at 180 includes connecting people with the church community, helping members use their spiritual gifts to serve the church body, and linking them with the right people/resources to meet their physical and spiritual needs.
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