Get to Know Your Westwood Family-Garret

I know many of us are missing being in community. Times like this remind us why we need our faith family.

Young Adults has been an area of great joy. Journeying with this age group as they personalize their relationship with God, begin to grapple with some of the more challenging attributes of God and life in Him is exciting and rewarding.

I cannot wait to introduce you to one of our Young Adults. You may remember earlier this year hearing Garrett’ s testimony when he took the step of baptism. Get comfy and enjoy learning more about another of our Westwood family members. Please take this opportunity to get to know Garrett Lakey.

WW: Let’s start with you telling us about yourself. Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Prince George BC.

WW: Tell us a bit about what you do.

I am currently a Forester in Training. I work in the summers as a forest consultant here in Prince George and go to UNBC in the fall and winter to work on my forestry degree.

WW: What do you like to do for fun?

My favorite things to do are hunting and hiking. I also really enjoy playing hockey and volleyball.

WW: How long have you been at Westwood Church?

I have been attending the Sunday morning services for just over a year and have been attending the young adult’s ministry for 2 years.

WW: How have you volunteered and served at Westwood?

I have been a part of Westwood Young Adults leadership team four just under a year and have helped at the last two Ladies night out events.

WW: What has life been like for you the last few years?

Life has been good the last couple of years. This last fall and winter I have been a student at UNBC and am in the forestry program with one year left to go. I have been very blessed recently to now be engaged to my fiancé Daniela Bergendahl. We are currently planning out our wedding.

WW: What are you appreciating about the changes in life due to the impact of the Pandemic?

Near the end of my school semester, the pandemic really contributed to a slow down of things and due dates. I just found myself having more spare time. Especially after school was over, I ended up having 2 weeks off without work. During this time my prayer life and bible reading really increased. The slower lifestyle was not something I was used to and it became quite restful.

WW: What do you miss about life before social distancing and the Pandemic situation? How has your relationship with God impacted this?

I think one of the big things that has been impacted is my ability to meet with my friends. Once school is over and summer begins I really enjoy spending time playing sports outside with a large number of my friends. I find it is a great way to maintain friendships and community and is something I look forward to each year. A really challenging aspect to the pandemic for me and my fiancé is that due to the social distancing rules and the uncertainty about what August will look like planning for our wedding has been challenging at times. Right now I really feel like God is been refining me on what it means to have peace in uncertain times. Uncertainty with how the pandemic will affect our wedding, how it might affect our first year of marriage and how it can affect our summer jobs and future schooling plans. This is a process and I have days where I really can feel God’s presence and his peace in my life while there are other times when I still lose perspective and let worry get the best of me

Thanks for sharing Garret! And for cooperating with what God is doing in your life. It has been encouragement to Craig and I to journey with you this year. Praying as you keep taking that next step with Jesus!