Christy Byrd grew up in North Carolina and made her way to Santa Cruz via Atlanta, Georgia, and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Now she is an assistant professor in the Psychology Department at UC Santa Cruz, where she teaches courses in developmental and educational psychology and conducts research on school motivation. She taught in Children’s Ministry at her church in Ann Arbor for five years and is now looking forward to building a child-centered, Christ-filled ministry at GPCC!