Welcome to our new youth director!
Ornella Umubyeyi starts at HLUMC on March 1st and is very excited to see where God will take the youth thisyear as we worship, grow, and serve together. We are excited for her leadership!
A little about Ornella:
Ornella Umubyeyi calls Rwanda, Burundi and Shelby, North Carolina, her homes. She has resided in three countries and two continents. Speaking five languages might seem impressive but not to her-when she has a father that speaks 7! During her high school years, in Massachusetts, she played varsity soccer, basketball, tennis, volleyball and cross-country. She was a radio host in Wisconsin when she was attending college. Her radio show played African Christian music while touching on Spirituality and inequality topics. While doing her Masters in Chicago, she organized a conference called “L.A.W: ‘Let Africa Worship’ where various African worship choirs from all over the state of Illinois came to worship in African style and native languages. She later moved to North Carolina to complete her Doctor of Ministry in Boiling Spring. While attending Gardner-Webb University, she organized and coordinated an International Thanksgiving dinner with dishes from Liberia, Hungary, Iraq, Kenya, Canada, to France, and many more.
Her interests are in the use of art and dance to express mental illness and as a tool for self-empowerment. She is passionate about social justice issues, playing video games, writing poetry, doing photography and watching videos of pandas on Youtube.