Tori Nevens

Tori Nevens is a born and raised Southern California girl who spent most of her

childhood days basking in the California sunshine. At only 3 years old she was

surfing in the Pacific Ocean and learning how to ride a bike without training wheels.

Her parents would describe her as completely fearless, which ultimately terrified

her mother. At 6 years old, Tori began playing softball and soccer. While she played

both for many years, softball quickly became her favorite and she would eventually

play until she graduated high school. She began playing for travel softball clubs by

age 11, which allowed her to play in places all over the country like Washington,

Utah, Idaho and Delaware. At 14 she was chosen as the Defensive Player of the

tournament at the Triple Crown Nationals in Park City, Utah, as a Sophomore and a

Junior at Sonora High School she made 1 st team all-league, and as a Senior was

named Athlete of the Year.

In a strange turn of events, a softball injury became the reason that Tori became

more involved in her church. While still playing softball, she began attending the

youth group at La Habra United Methodist Church. She loved being there, but her

busy softball and school schedule prevented her from attending a lot of the church

functions. While playing in a tournament, she collided with a girl at second base,

which left her with a serious knee injury. Unfortunately, Tori never fully recovered

from it and ultimately decided to quit her club team and finish her softball career

with her high school varsity team.

It was during this difficult time that she turned to God and to her youth leaders at

church. She became extremely involved at La Habra UMC. Singing in the praise band,

helping with Sunday school, going on mission trips to Mexico and the Gulf Coast, and

attending Sumer camp were just a small fraction of the things she was able to do

now that she wasn’t playing softball 24/7.

It was at Camp Lazy W where she first felt her call to ministry. She became a youth

director at the age of 19 and never looked back. For the last 8 years of her life, Tori

has been dedicated to serving the youth of the United Methodist Church with her

whole heart and soul. In addition to serving at La Habra UMC, Tori also served as the

Director of Youth Ministries at Covina UMC before making here way here to Laguna

Beach UMC.

Tori is a huge supporter of camping ministries and spends 1 to 2 weeks each

summer volunteering on camp staff at Lazy W Ranch in San Juan Capistrano. In her

free time Tori enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to Disneyland

and Angels Baseball games, getting a good cup of coffee, reading, playing my ukulele

and sleeping.

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