Booth Youth

Meet the Hinzmans: New Massachusetts DYS

Lt. Nate & Captain Loreita Hinzman are the new Divisional Youth Secretaries in the Massachusetts Division! Here’s 5 questions that will help you get to know them in a few sentences. 😊


What is your favorite quarantine snack?
Nate: Definitely ice-cream.  Really, anything with chocolate and peanut butter.
Loreita:  Oh yeah, ice-cream for sure.  Normally I would say anything cookie-dough, but I have got to go with Crescent Ridge’s Campfire S’Mores

If you could hang out with any cartoon character, who would you choose and why?
Nate: The Ninja Turtle Michelangelo because he loves pizza and he’s a beast with nun-chucks.
Loreita: Definitely Olaf.  I think that’s pretty self-explanatory. He’s hilarious.

What’s your favorite camp memory?
Nate: Being a boys counselor for several years and having the opportunity to see those campers then become staff members or leaders in their corps.  You don’t always realize the impact that you can have on someone in the moment.
Loreita:  Mine would have to be at Youth Councils in 2013.  The theme was Dance Upon Injustice and Commissioner Knaggs was preaching about the chains we trudge through life with, and in that moment I had a very powerful and life-altering encounter with the Holy Spirit.  Our camps & Youth Councils change lives.

What would you say to your younger self?
Nate: Don’t take yourself too seriously.  You don’t have to have it all figured out.  Rather, focus on being obedient and the Lord will work out all the details.
Loreita: Focus on being the woman that God has created you to be.  Don’t concern yourself with the opinions of others, but look to Christ for your value, purpose and worth.

What book have you read recently that encourages you?
Nate: “The Color of Compromise” by Jemar Tisby. This book has challenged me to recognize, refuse to remain silent, and work to be an ally in the fight to combat systemic injustice in our world and Christian communites.
Loreita: “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison. This book is actually really hard to read as it harshly confronts so many realities that our young black girls face on a daily basis.  But it is challenging me to see the world around me through a different set of eyes while reminding me of the responsibility I have to use my voice, and encourage our young people to use their voices, to bring about change.