There’s so much more to a friendship that you have when you live with that person rather than just see them in passing in social settings. I found that to be the case when I lived with my, now stronger friend. While my investigation of his biographical narrative was easier due to my pre-existing relationship with him, I sought to find out more of the core of what came before I became friends with him. What I found amazed me. Here is my write-up after interviewing him:
Very rarely do I ever get to really get to know a leader who does well to lead by both example and authority. Fortunate for me, he’s also a great and trusted friend of mine. A fellow college student at Valley Forge Christian College in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, John Yunghans is currently serving as a Resident Assistant for Damiani dorm hall; he has recently been chosen to serve in the same position in Beisel Down dorm hall for next school year. Yunghans is currently a senior college student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministries with a minor in business with the intention of fulfilling the call of God on his life with his course of study. Out of the his calling and passion, he intends to go into church planting using his platform to creatively communicate the Gospel to a secular audience and also build the body of Christ. Born in Delaware and then raised in New Hampshire, Yunghans had an early love for learning and knowledge; most of his time was devoted to watching History Channel documentaries and reading. Early on, his love for studying caused him to have motives of pleasing his teachers and parents, but as he grew up, his studying became focused on his vocation and, in turn, his social skills became essential to his maturity. Even though his first year in college was primarily focused on getting good grades and having a near nonexistent social life, he found friends (and his current girlfriend, Heather) who were just as serious about studying as having a healthy social life. His college also gave him great opportunities to serve in leadership positions starting from a START Team Leader (START Teams is the college’s new student orientation experience) and a Community Service Day assistant leader in his sophomore year and then getting chosen as an RA for this current school year. He continues to grow more as a leader learning more about following the examples of leaders above him and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then leading by example. What many people do not know about him is that he suffers from a rare bleeding disorder similar to that of hemophilia. Most of his childhood and early adolescence was spent dependent on blood transfusions and hospital stays and treatments creating challenges that greatly limited his life, but as time went on, more revolutionary medicine and handy blood products has made the last seven years of his life much more independent and became “damage control”. His future in ministry is extremely promising as God leads him to use his past experience and his extensive capacity for knowledge and teach-ability to further show God’s grace and absolute truth to the world.