NAME: SARAH CHIVVIS
VISTA JOB TITLE: COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
HOMETOWN: COLLEGE STATION, TX
Hi! I am Sarah Chivvis and I am the new Communications Coordinator. I’ve been working behind-the-scenes for the past few weeks, doing social media, planning welcomes, and posting blogs (like this one). We figured it is about time to officially introduce myself.
I was born and raised in College Station, Texas with my parents and little brother. I grew up in the church, going to every summer camp, mission trip, and DNOW I could. After eighteen years, I knew my time in CStat was done, so I moved up to Belton to attend UMHB to pursue a degree in Business Marketing.
At UMHB, I completely fell in love with Vista Community Church. By my sophomore year I was involved in Vista College leadership and investing in a small group. When my senior year came around, I was not ready to leave Belton and the community I had been blessed with through it. Thankfully, the Lord had plans for me to stay here. I graduated in 2018 and started at Vista about two months later! I am excited to continue serving here, especially during such an exciting time of growth.
You may be wondering, "what exactly does a communications coordinator at a church do?" which is a completely fair question. Day-to-day you can find me scheduling social media posts, editing the website, and making sure all events are promoted well. Big picture-wise, my position helps make sure the mission and vision of Vista is clearly communicated in every aspect of our operations, from graphics to the welcome to our events.
What are you currently bingewatching?
I am a creature of habit and started Parks & Recreation for like the sixth time. But other recommendations are Psych (on Amazon Prime), Over The Garden Wall (Hulu), Brooklyn 99 (Hulu), and Thor: Ragnarok (Netflix).
Mere Christianity and Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis are classics. Sabbath as Resistance by Walter Brueggemann is more academic but incredible book. And then any of the classic Nancy Drew books too!
Favorite comfort food after a long week?
My go-to snack is a big bowl of popcorn and a cold Dr Pepper, which pairs well with a good movie or the same show I've seen a million times. If I'm feeling sweet I'll do Nutella and a full carton of strawberries.
First job – struggles and all:
I worked for a family friend at Plato’s Closet in high school. My feet hurt, I always cut my hand on broken hangers, and despite telling people our buying process, they would yell at me for things I couldn't control. But despite that, I learned customer service and worked with some incredible people and would not change it for the world!
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
- See the Northern Lights, preferably in Iceland (though any location will work)
- Fly first class somewhere, just once (it looks so fun and fancy!)
- Be in the studio audience of either Jimmy Fallon or Saturday Night Live
Most embarrassing story:
I once went to text a friend of mine all about this cute guy I met recently, long paragraphs and all. When I went to see if she had responded I realized I sent everything to the guy instead! I had a mini heart attack and went into PR crisis mode to get myself out of the mess.
Describe your favorite place in the world:
On a basic level, home is my favorite. It has always been a safe haven for me; whenever something crazy or overwhelming happened in my life, I would come home and it felt like a shield against the world.
In the entire world though, I would have to say London, England. I spent a few months there for school and it was just so, so much fun. There were a million things to see, the museums were free, and the diner down the street from my flat was both open 24 hours and had the best Nutella pancakes around. I experienced the majesty of God in new, incredible ways and came face-to-face with a lot of wild, dark, and wonderful things.
What are you most passionate about?
I am passionate about a lot of little things (like traveling, supporting local businesses, pineapple on pizza), but at the very core I am passionate about making people feel welcome and engaging with people about what they love. Especially in the church, people should feel invited and feel that they are in a space where they can be themselves.
What are you most excited about as you join the Vista team?
There are a lot of really incredible things that God is doing at Vista and I am really excited to be a part of it! I want to continue sharing those stories with the church so that we can celebrate victories together. As Vista grows, I am excited to communicate new opportunities for community and service.
To quote the old Vista College card pinned to my wall, "Here's a chance for you to find community and be a part of something exciting" and I am very ready to be a part of that "something exciting."