Welcome to the Emerge Blog!

It is an honor to welcome you to this blog! I hope that you enjoy the content that will soon be flooding this site. For those of you who are a little in the dark on what this whole Emerge thing is, here’s a short summary. Emerge is a nine-month internship/ministry school where young adults are pushed and stretched in the areas of personal development, leadership, and faith. Emerge Leadership Academy started in 2012 by Steve and Jackie Vaggalis, the lead pastors of Destiny Worship Center. Pastor Steve had a desire in his heart to create a program that would reach the next generation and help them develop character, discover clarity, and deploy their calling. I’ve experienced this process second-hand as I’ve not only seen friends go through this process, but my own brother went through it as well. The visible shift that I saw in their lives was enough to draw me in, and in August of 2015 I enrolled as a student in the program. Without exaggerating, this has been one of the greatest and most impactful things that I’ve ever done in my life. The lessons I’ve learned, the places that I’ve been, and the people that I’ve come to love in this setting will be with me for the rest of my life, and I’m forever grateful to everyone that got me here.

You may be reading this blog as a member of our church, Destiny Worship Center. You hear me say it changed my life and you’re inspired to want to know more about what we’re actively doing in Emerge, as well as the church. Follow the blog and find out more! You may be reading this as a current or former Emerge student. In that case, follow the blog and keep up with the current students as well as the alumni. We can’t forget the classes that came before us! You also might be reading this and thinking to yourself, “Man, this Emerge program sounds pretty sweet!” In that case, we’re so excited that you’re interested! Absolutely follow the blog so you can learn more about who we are and what we do.

In closing, I just want to say how genuinely enthusiastic I am about making this blog. It’s going to give me the chance to share with all of you guys the amazing things that make up life at Emerge. It’s also going to give me the chance to write really cool articles and make really fun things for you guys with my fellow Emerge students! I hope and pray that you enjoy the time that you spend here, and that it sparks something inside you to either come to Emerge, or to just enjoy all that we post here.

Much love,

Benjamin Lowrimore