Carl Peterson '22
Young Life leader dedicated to being 'part of something bigger'
When Carl Peterson '22 became a Young Life leader during his first year at Whitworth, he was advised to keep showing up because that is the one thing he can control. Over the past four years, Peterson has faithfully continued his service, despite the disruptions brought on by the pandemic.
"Showing up provides a path for the Holy Spirit to work," Peterson says. "Our character is not made up by what we do every once in a while, but what we do consistently."
Peterson has served for the past two years as the team leader for Young Life Capernaum, a Christian ministry that serves young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition, he works as a paraeducator at Mead High School.
"I have a younger brother with Down syndrome, which has helped fuel my passion for loving individuals with disabilities," says Peterson, a double major in physics and secondary education.
In his role with Young Life, Peterson leads a weekly club meeting for about 20 students and also meets with them for social events like dinners, movies and bowling.
"This work is rewarding because I get to be a part of something bigger than myself," Peterson says, "and that is loving the marginalized to help them grow in relationship with their creator."