Bio – Laura Witter

Laura Witter
Communications & Building Administrator
919-782-0550 x 29

My life began five years after my older brother in Pine Mountain, GA.  My dad worked in the resort industry, so my family was lucky enough to have lived in some of the most beautiful places on the southern coast.  We always said that we didn’t live in the lap of luxury, but we had a pretty great view of it.  To be closer to family, we made our way to Wallace, NC where my parents still live today.  I quickly adapted to small town life would rather have nowhere else as my hometown.  Go Bulldogs!  It was during high school in Wallace that I went on my first US mission trip, participated in my first Habitat for Humanity build, and fell in love with serving the Lord and others in that way.  I knew that I would continue a life in missions whether as a career or volunteer.

I attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, eventually transferring to Mount Olive College (now University of Mount Olive) where I graduated with a BA in Religion (Church Ministries).  During my time in college and just after, I was able to participate in my first international mission trips to Mexico and then to Africa, both of which still have a piece of my heart.   In 2005, I lived in Kampala, Uganda for three months where I served as a “mini-missionary” at an orphanage and school through the Rafiki Foundation.  My life was forever changed by that experience and I will always long to return.  Through all of my travels, though, I have found that there is no mission field quite like the one in our own backyards.  I moved to Raleigh from Wilmington in the summer of 2012 where I began work with United Way of North Carolina.  Moving to a new city was a difficult adjustment, including finding a church.  It wasn’t until Wilmington native and COTA staff, Kara Smith, invited me to attend Church of the Apostles that I realized that COTA is the church home I’d been looking for.   In November of 2015, my church home also became my work home.  It is quite a joy to work with a staff and a congregation with the mission to seek the lost, build up the found and transform the city through Jesus Christ.

Outside of work I enjoy … being outside!  Whether walking the greenway trails, playing tennis or taking in a Bulls baseball game, my favorite time is outside time.  When nature doesn’t cooperate, I can be found curled up with a book and my senior adult tuxedo cat, Bodie.  I love working with kids and have already found a home as a leader with Apostles Student Ministry and the 10th & 11th grade girls.

 act justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God. {Micah 6:8}