Vanessa grew up in Cicero, but everything in her life took place in Chicago: church, school, family, her parent’s jobs, etc. She is a first-generation American along with her younger brother, children to their Mexican mother and Salvadorian father. Being raised in a Christian home, Vanessa was always in Christian circles. Most of her education was at Christian schools, and when she was not in school, she was at church. Thus, Vanessa came to know the Lord at an early age through Cicero Bible Church's Awana Bible Club. She grew up faithfully attending and serving New Jerusalem Baptist Church on Chicago’s northwest side. Once she started attending Moody Bible Institute in 2013, she started serving at Inner City Impact with their high school program. In 2014, she went to Phantom Ranch (a summer camp hosted by Armitage and other Chicago churches) as a counselor, and her students asked her to join them as they wanted to visit Armitage after the camp was over. She came to the Youth Bible Study and loved how her students were treated no differently than “every other church kid”. Since graduating Moody Bible Institute with a BA in Youth Ministry and Urban Ministry in 2017, Vanessa faithfully serves and is a member of Armitage. At the beginning of 2018, Vanessa became the Youth Director at Armitage, as well as a CAUSE resident, in which she still serves today. Vanessa loves four things: Jesus, teenagers, coffee (espresso drinks, really), and tacos.