Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Desmond!

DESMOND SMITH

Volunteer Area(s): Play bass in the Watershed Band, currently lead Preface 2.0 Bloc, member of the Lead team

Why did you choose to volunteer in each of your areas?

Not long after we started attending Watershed in 2007, I knew it was going to be important for me to get involved somehow. My wife suggested that I join the band, but, even though I had been a musician my whole life, I kept going back and forth on whether or not that was something I wanted to do. So she filled out a connection card for me and dropped it in that metal box. 

I am a member of the Lead Team (think a Watershed version of church elders) primarily because I care deeply about the direction of this community. I care about the staff and people who find themselves part of a Bloc or a gathering throughout the week. It is a privilege to come alongside the staff as they make decisions and dream about what's next for us.

Preface 2.0 is new for 2017 and has emerged as a Bloc for folks who want to go a little deeper than the Preface experience allows. Among the most important parts of the Watershed experience for me is the idea that people can come and feel affirmed about who they are. Preface 2.0 is an opportunity for me to participate in community with people who are new to the ideas that they are loved, that their questions about what it means to live a life of faith are normal and healthy, and that there is a place where they can simply be themselves.

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

Being on stage with the band is always fun. But there's something about Christmas at Watershed. There are candles. Lots of candles. I've only played a couple of times on Christmas Eve, but each time as the candles are being lit, I've appreciated how everyone in our community has an opportunity to be a light. It's a powerful reminder that we all carry a divine spark and that we can see that spark in everyone we meet. 

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be?

Open  – to new ideas, to all people, to thinking about things in new ways.

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte:

My best days almost always start early with me writing in the sunroom. Sometime later, my wife joins me and that that means drinking coffee (or a pot of tea) and talking about anything without worrying about what time it is or what's up next on the to-do list. When it's not 400 degrees outside, maybe I'll take the bike out and trail ride for a couple of hours.  And if every day could end with a good meal around the table with good friends making good memories, that might just be perfect.

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE THOMAS GARVIN BECAUSE... THAT DUDE HAS GOT SOME ENERGY AND SOME GREAT IDEAS AND SOME MAD CELLO SKILLS AND WE ALL NEED PEOPLE LIKE THAT IN OUR LIVES.