Rachel Willey

Rachel grew up in a loving and godly home right here in Ankeny. At the age of four, Rachel got down on her little knees and asked God to forgive her sins. Even at such a young age, God’s truths resonated within her. Throughout her teen years, Rachel had a strong calling from God to go into ministry. Through various missions trips and people, God confirmed this in her life. During her college years, Rachel went to Japan twice, once for an internship and another as a missions trip. Despite her plans, God closed the door as a full-time missionary to Japan. But instead brought her to Freedom for Youth Ministries in Des Moines to work with middle schoolers. Now Rachel is working as the Children’s Ministry Assistant running the Shine program. Rachel has a heart for the next generation to truly know Jesus and have an intimate relationship with Him that will lead to transformed lives.
Rachel enjoys running, playing piano, shopping, eating sushi, and hanging out with her wonderful husband Colton.