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About Me

Hi! My name is Betel Trephan, but I go by Betty. I was born in Ethiopia, grew up in Cambridge, MA, and now live in Silicon Valley with my husband and dog. I am the middle child of three girls, INFJ on the Myres Briggs and 4w3 on the Enneagram...if you were curious, lol.


I attended Lehigh University and received a B.A. in Architecture with a minor in Sociology. However, during the last months of senior year, I felt a tug to explore a different career path post-graduation. So, for the next few years, I worked at non-profit organizations that target teens and college students before deciding to go back to school to pursue an M.S.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Following graduation, I worked as an admissions counselor focusing on expanding college access for historically underrepresented students as part of a diversity and new initiatives team. My favorite part in that role was traveling to other states to speak at high schools and meet students who wanted to leverage their skills and passion to better the world. After that, I took time to write a YA novel before going on staff at my local church to plant a brand new ministry for college/young adults ages 18 to 25 which was by far the MOST rewarding season of my entire life. In this current season, I'm focusing more of my time and energy on growing as a person, wife, and storyteller. 


My dream as a kid was to work in the creative arts industry, but fear of failure, not being good enough, and disappointing loved ones kept me from pursuing it. In 2019, everything changed when I stumbled upon old journal entries that reminded me how far off I was from my childhood dreams. After time praying and reflecting, I decided to change course and live the life I've always dreamed of by writing with the hope of getting published and, more recently, taking acting classes! 


My job or position has changed a few times, but not my purpose. I have always felt called to be a catalyst for individual and group growth. It truly brings me joy to see people step into their God-given calling and live out their purpose for the glory of God. So regardless of your age or season in life, I hope my commitment to explore my own interests despite my fears would inspire you to push past your fears. It's never too late! 

During my free time, I write sermons to teach at various Christian gatherings. I also enjoy going on long walks with my husband and our puppy, traveling, trying different cuisines, watching live theatre performances, attending sporting events, and dancing!


"A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."

Proverbs 17:22

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