Meet Our Team
Hi I’m Drew and I have been a part of Rooted for a few years now. I am on the worship and lead teams and I love food and drum sets. I often wear earrings that dangle- fabulous! I have a pet turtle and my prayer for Rooted this year is that God uses all of us on the leadership team to love everyone who walks in our doors the best we can.
Hey I’m Bailee Blakeslee. I love water I’m practically a turtle. I have been part of Rooted for a little over a year and now I’m helping lead it! Last year I really saw the impact Rooted had on students at the Fort and on myself and I don’t want that to go away. My prayer this year is that anyone who wants a community can have one and that there is a place for people to come fellowship and discover Jesus.
Hey! I’m Ruelon John! I am an alumnus of Fort Lewis College and I’ve been a part of the Rooted ministry for the past 7 years. This ministry has helped me grow so much in my relationship with the Lord and I hope it does the same for whoever comes to Rooted. Rooted has been a place where I’m found lifelong friendship and genuine people that want the best for everyone. Rooted played an impactful part in my college career. I graduated with a bachelor’s in accounting and marketing. I am working in the accounting field and pursing my CPA. I am excited to still be a part of what God is doing and coming to do with this ministry.
Joshua Mendrala is the worship coordinator here at Rooted and you’ll catch him nerding out about sound equipment between playing. Josh is a senior at Fort Lewis, majoring in Creative Writing. He is an avid writer and poet, and loves to talk about storytelling and lyric. Josh is so excited about what God is going to do through Rooted this year and is passionate about spreading the reality of Christ’s joy to teens and young adults.
My name is Kyle, I’m a computer engineer major from Anchorage, AK. I thoroughly enjoy quality time with others. When I’m not in school, I’m working on getting in shape to earn commission into the Navy. If you see me at school/Rooted, don’t be shy and introduce yourself to me!
Hey y’all! My name is Morgan Holick and I am new to Rooted this year. I have been the youth pastor at Summit Church for awhile and I’m excited to help lead Rooted now, too! I have a mini goldendoodle named Jax who says to tell you that he loves you already. My prayer is that every person who walks into Rooted will feel like they belong- because they do!
Nathan is the resident working with Rooted this year. He recently graduated from Fort Lewis with a degree in History. He is an active member of Rooted, leading the worship team and participating on the leadership team. Nathan is married to Kelsey Scott, who is also on the Lead team. Nathan’s prayer for Rooted this year is that college students and young adults find a place where they feel loved and a sense of belonging.
Hey I’m Maddi! I am on the Rooted Leadership team! I have been a part of Rooted for three years and it is a great place of community and friendship! I absolutely LOVE reading and studying the Word of God as much as I can. My prayer for Rooted is that it becomes a place of great unity and, most importantly, a place known for showing the love of Christ!
Hi!! My name is Kelsey Scott! I am a small group leader of Rooted this year! I have been a part of Rooted for the last 5 years. My prayer for Rooted this year is that we create a positive community who can grow in faith together! I also pray that we build deep and meaningful relationships with one another. A fun fact about me is that I am a middle school teacher and I love it!
My name is Carrie Miliara and I am new to Rooted and the leadership team. I have two little ones who keep me super busy, and we love camping and the outdoors. My prayer for Rooted this year is for everyone involved to know they have support no matter the hardship or triumph.