Faith Evans has had her faith since she was young.
She has been a practicing Roman Catholic for almost a decade, having grown up in the area of Windsor, Ontario.
She is married to Peter Evans, a native of Windsor.
Evans was born and raised in Canada.
She said she and her husband are blessed to have been raised in a community where people are open to each other and open to learning new things.
“We don’t see that any more in our society,” she said.
“So I think that’s the most important thing for us to embrace, is the people and the communities that we are from.”
Evans’ family is well-known in the Windsor area.
She credits her parents, brothers, sisters and cousins for inspiring her to become a Christian.
“My parents, my grandfather, my grandmother and my great-grandmother were all religious, and that’s what it was that inspired me to become one,” Evans said.
Evans said her faith was first expressed in church in grade school when she attended church services with her mother.
She was raised by aunts and uncles, and they would always pray for her.
Evans started her own religious community in Windsor when she was in middle school.
She started meeting people who were in their late teens or early 20s, and the community grew from there.
Evans also started a youth ministry, which she said was one of the most powerful things she’s ever done in her life.
She says the ministry brought her closer to her faith and helped her realize that her faith has nothing to do with what society has told her.
“I was in my 20s and I was living in a very difficult environment,” Evans recalled.
“The people that I knew and the people that we knew were so very religious, but they were living a very, very different life.”
Evans said she didn’t want her faith to be limited to her life and her family.
She wanted to be an advocate for those who were marginalized in society, and she believes that has been her goal since her early teens.
Evans says she’s always been passionate about her faith.
“In all of my life I’ve been a person that really loves God and I’m very thankful that God gave me this opportunity to become this way,” Evans added.
Evans has a degree in religion and teaches at a local Catholic high school, where she also serves as an outreach teacher.
Evans believes she has a responsibility to teach people about their faith, as well as the positive role it can play in helping others.
“There’s so much to learn about the faith of Jesus Christ,” Evans explained.
“If you look at the history of the faith, there are a lot of stories that we have heard, but what I really want to do is to teach and inspire people, to show them that there’s something to be gained from faith and that you can live life on your own terms.”
Evans also said she’s passionate about helping the homeless, especially those who are LGBTQI and transgender people.
Evans is currently working with the Windsor Missionary Alliance (WMA) to expand her work in the LGBTQI community.
Evans sees the need for more outreach to the LGBTQIA community in the city, but said it is also important for people of faith to speak out.
“It’s important that we hear what’s going on in our community,” Evans noted.
“That’s where I think the healing and the healing is.
It’s very important to come out and share your experiences.”
Evans is also the executive director of the Windsor-Oshawa Missionary Community, a Catholic community-based organization that helps LGBTQI individuals.
She helped build the organization and said she is passionate about working with LGBTQIA youth.
“This is a community that we’re building, it’s a community we want to be part of, it really is,” Evans stated.
Evans plans to continue to serve her community and the LGBTQ community in other ways.
She hopes to continue her advocacy work with LGBTQI youth, as she is currently focusing on LGBTQI outreach in schools.
“One of the things I’m most excited about is that we can continue to have these conversations about who we are, what we want in our future, and what it takes to be happy and strong in our lives,” Evans concluded.
“When we speak to each and every person in our city, I think we will hear something that will open doors that will allow us to reach those people who are in the closet.”
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