Get To Know: JC Kroupa (Pastoral Intern)
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I’m originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, (famous for beer, cheese, and mediocre sporting
teams) where I grew up for 18 years of my life. I graduated from Milwaukee Lutheran High
School and left Wisconsin to attend GCU for my undergraduate Theology degree. I’ve been
living in Phoenix on and off for the past 4 years until I decided to permanently make the move about a year ago. I currently live in a house across the street from GCU where I’m studying for my Master’s Degree; and living with 3 good friends of mine.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY
I grew up in a rough neighborhood on the North side of Milwaukee, where I was raised by my father and mother: Jeff and Puronica Kroupa. I have one older half-sister Ajala (33), a little sister Mayah (20), and a baby sister in N’Jame (18). Being a biracial young man in one of the most segregated cities in America presented its challenges. These obstacles drove my family close together, as over the years we struggled with and fought against stereotypes, prejudice, judgement, and racism. My parents raised us in the Church, and I was given the privilege of eulogizing my mother in the same church we were raised in, a couple years ago at her passing. I have the joy of seeing my family about twice a year on my returns to Wisconsin.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?
I’m a hip-hop artist, so I love writing music as well as recording and releasing it. I’m always
jotting down ideas or clever lines that I think of throughout the day. I love watching movies, as renting videos from Blockbuster was an incremental piece of my childhood, and instrumental in establishing my relationship with my father. When it’s not the temperature of the sun’s core, I enjoy hiking and traveling to new places in Arizona. I’m a sucker for camping and anything to do with the outdoors!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR WORK AT THE CHURCH?
I enjoy loving people and seeing people feel loved. The world cares nothing about the dignity of humanity and the virtue of a human soul. The Word says that the world will know the followers of Christ by the love that they show (John 13:35). Any way that God can use me to shine the bright light of His love onto the lost and broken; I’m more than overjoyed to be a part of it.