Name: Becky Holt
Husband: I will be marrying Steven Barnes this weekend!
Children: None yet
Position: Ministry Assistant
Number of years: 14
Where did you grow up?
Dallas until I was 8 and then Garland
How old were you when you became a Christian and what is the strongest memory about that time?
I was 7 years old when I became a Christian. I was attending a GA Camp with my church at Mt Lebanon Baptist Camp. They had a puppet show and talked about sin and our need for a Savior. Although I had grown up in church, it finally clicked that I needed to be forgiven for my sins. When I got home I told my parents and they helped me pray to trust Christ. Now, every time I go to Mt Lebanon with work it’s a sweet reminder of that time.
Where did you do your undergrad?
If you did any post-graduate work, where did you attend and what degree did you earn?
How does your experience as being a part of a BSM now affect the way you work with students?
I think my experience as being a part of a BSM affects the way I work with students in that I understand how it feels to be a student at BSM events. I know the excitement of going to a state meeting with other BSMs, I know the apprehension of applying to be a student missionary and I know the spiritual growth that comes from spending time with my BSM friends/staff.
What makes you so passionate about working with college students?
It is a time when people are becoming their own person and making life long decisions. I’ve found BSM to be a place where people's lives are changed and that is worth investing my life and skills in.
What is your greatest memory as a student in the Baylor BSM?
I think it was as a Baylor BSM student was leading my first dorm Bible study. It was called a CORE group, and I was terrified. I had a partner and we naively made our way through that first year of leading Bible studies.
What was your favorite class as an undergrad?
My favorite class was Photojournalism. I got to do darkroom work. That was so fun.
While a student missionary in Australia, what did you do there?
I spent 10 weeks working with the youth group of a church. I had a partner and we were there to invest in the lives of the people in the church. We led Bible studies, helped out with Mother’s Day Out groups, led worship, spoke at local schools about our culture, assisted the youth pastor with administrative tasks and much more. It was a time of tremendous growth as I learned to trust God with my homesickness and my future.
So far, what has been your favorite thing about wedding planning? Most challenging?
My favorite thing about wedding planning has been marriage counseling. I know that sounds weird, but I think Steven and I learned a lot and are armed with tools for the rest of our life. The most challenging has been picking the colors. Seriously. I spent a whole day on Pinterest and decided on one thing only to completely change it a month later.
What BSM events are coming up? What are you most excited about and why?
The start of a new semester is coming up. BSMs across the state are gearing up to meet new students and engage them in life changing community. I find it to be an exciting time of the year. Our BSM staff put in crazy hours the first month of school (so, please be praying for them!). The next Texas BSM event that we have coming up is the State Lead Team. BSMs and churches across the state can nominate their best leaders to serve on a state level, learn about leadership and plan/implement our Abide prayer retreat. Those nominations are due Sept 19th.
What is one piece of advice you would give college students?
Don't feel pressured to choose a major right away. Take basic classes for a couple semesters and see what kinds of classes you enjoy and then go in that direction.
Currently, what is sitting on your desk?
A MacBook Pro, a video tape digitizer and lots of cards of incoming freshmen that need to be entered on TexasFreshmen.com.
My favorite photographer was my grandfather. He worked for Kodak. He gave me my first camera at age 6 and taught me how to take pictures. There's a picture he took of his shoes and labeled his self portrait. It always makes me laugh because that's how it is being the photographer in the family….you get lots of great shots of everyone else and not many of yourself.
If you published a book of photos, what would the title be?
That's a tough one! It’d probably be "You are Loved" and it would be a book of photos of all the pictures I've taken of my nieces: Kayla, Addi, and Aubrey. I just adore them.
What are you most passionate about? How does this play into your daily life?
I am most passionate about technology and processes and being organized. I like to be thorough but as simple as possible. I tend to ask the annoying hard questions and play devil's advocate in order to make things as easy/simple as possible for the end user.
For more information about Collegiate Ministry, please contact Becky.