Voices of YOUth Director- Mary Letson
I am excited and blessed to have the opportunity to be this year's Voices of Youth Coordinator. I was first acquainted with Voices of Youth through my church - Community United Methodist Church, Virginia Beach. Our church has been a strong supporter of this mission group, sending many youth each year on the VOY experience. I have had the pleasure of working with many alumni at my church and heard personal testimonies on how life-changing the journey is.
My son, Wyatt, went on VOY2014 to the Bahamas and returned with a deeper passion for sharing God's love. Sharing - as in going beyond his comfort zone to reach out to different people whom he probably wouldn't have before. I remembered that same pivot point in my life as a youth and was so grateful that he had this opportunity. The next year I went on VOY2015 to Long Island, NY and experienced first hand, the desire of youth for sharing God through hands-on work as well as sharing of their time and talent.
I love working with youth. I have been a choral music educator for over 25 years, teaching at middle, high school and university levels. I have been in church music ministry over 30 years. I am excited to put my professional skills to work for Voices of YOUth.