North Shore Staff


Sarah Higgins
Area Director

Sarah is on full-time staff with Young Life and serves as the Area Director for the North Shore. Sarah and her husband Tim have been married since June of 2009 and Tim serves as a volunteer Young Life leader with Sarah at Glenbrook North. Sarah and Tim welcomed their first child, Elijah Aidan, into their family in May of 2017. Sarah has been working with Young Life on the North Shore since 2013, and prior to that was a Youth Director at a church in Florida. Sarah attended the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and graduated in 2009 with a degree in in Political Science. She is currently working on completing a Masters in Mental Health Counseling and a Masters in Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where her husband also graduated from seminary before becoming a pastor at a church in the area. Sarah loves every dessert imaginable, being a mom to Eiljah, all things Harry Potter, Young Life camp, and the Florida Gators.

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Grady Forkin
Staff Associate 

Grady is on full-time staff with Young Life and the team leader of the Glenbrook South ministry. He is originally from Hudson, Ohio and graduated in May 2016 from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor's degree in Secondary English Education (Go frogs!). During his time in college, Grady was involved in youth ministry through K-Life. Since moving to Chicago, he has begun taking writing and improv classes at Second City and iO. Grady loves all types of sports, as well as skiing, traveling, live music, lake houses, and a few Golden Doodles that he follows on Instagram.

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