Bio: Lizzie Reezay is a 25-year-old YouTuber who lives in Los Angeles. Born to protestant missionary parents, Lizzie lived the first few years of her life in Russia and growing up, developed a huge passion for reading the Bible and prayer as a member of the Churches of Christ. After moving back to the states, her family was extremely involved in ministry, living in the Midwest for 10 years and then moving to Florida. Starting her YouTube channel when she was just 15, she has amassed 200k subscribers and 38 million video views. Speaking on topics as diverse as theology, relationships, Christian culture, and Bipolar Disorder, Lizzie has made over 600 videos throughout the past ten years. Citing as an inspiration for being so outspoken about her faith, a conservative church she attended as a teenager that did not allow women to participate in public ministry or teaching, she has always viewed her YouTube as an outlet to share everything she is learning through her classes and whatever she’s reading or researching. She studied philosophy and religion at Pepperdine University, a Churches of Christ college in southern California, graduating in 2016, and now works as a full-time creator.
Throughout college she was heavily involved in her Campus Ministry, leading Bible Studies each semester, doing missions work training, heading up the Apologetics and Philosophy clubs, and working as an administrative intern for her Church. She spent her summer breaks doing ministry in Thailand, teaching English with the Bible, and planned on moving to Thailand and becoming a full-time missionary upon graduation. Everything changed when she began reading intently into the Early Church and discovered the writings of the Church Fathers and a Christianity that even in the 1st and 2nd Centuries “looked Catholic.” She promised herself she wouldn’t convert for several years, but upon being fired by the Thai Church she had pledged to work with, immediately enrolled in RCIA and came into the Catholic Church on Easter Vigil 2018. Continuing her regular YouTube content, Lizzie views her YouTube and Blog as a ministry to reach out to people who are negative toward Christianity, those who live with mental illness, and anyone from her generation who is striving to live for God.
Full name: Lizzie Estella Reezay
How old are you? 25! My birthday is July 22nd
Languages: Spanish. Koine Greek. Thai. (NOT AT ALL FLUENT. Just basic conversational! And Greek I do not speak just read haha)
Dream Job: Being a Writer or Missionary
Favorite colors: Zebra print. Hot pink. Vivid sky blue.
Hometown: I grew up in so many different places, so nowhere is really my “home.” I was born in Kentucky, then two weeks later flew with my family back to Russia. Once moving back to the U.S. we lived in Ohio, Indiana, Florida, and now I’ve lived in California for seven years!
Describe your personality: I made a list of 13 things about my personality because I LOVE making lists with 13!! 13 isn’t even my lucky number; it’s just something that started with a video I made in 2009!
- I’m passionate about a ton of things & I hate apathy.
- I have extreme emotions. I’m either really really excited, sooooooo happy, overwhelmed by peace, or crying. I like speaking hyperbolically, but that’s because I actually experience emotions really intensely in this encompassing way. Empathy is huge for me. The best way I can describe it is that I feel other’s emotions. I will cry when someone explains to me how they’re hurting or feel really happy when something amazing is going on in their life. It often feels like I’m vicariously living through everyone else’s emotions. When I was a senior at Pepperdine and diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, I realized that these extremes in my emotional life are because I have a mental illness, that is both a blessing and a curse.
- I’m very intellectual. I love to analyze (and overanalyze) anything and everything. I’ve been intensely curious since I was a little girl, so I’m always asking questions and everyday I try to figure out more of the world around me. My go-to is researching everything, because knowledge & information is like energy to me. I’ve LOVED school since kindergarten! It makes me happy reading textbooks and writing papers and being in class and debating ideas and becoming more open-minded.
- I’m very direct. Sometimes communicating with people stresses me out, because I value efficiency over people’s feelings. It is completely counterintuitive for me to sugar-coat things and I don’t fully understand the concept of hurting someone’s feelings just by saying something. I usually get hurt by people because of their actions, not their words.
- I have very high expectations. Of myself. Of others. Of the world. When I perceive something as unjust, I intervene to change it. I have this mission impossible attitude about life, so I don’t get intimidated by challenges.
- I go through life having opinions on everything and expressing them. Sometimes this means I can be extremely critical and somewhat of a perfectionist, but I’m also verbally affirming about everything I love. Basically, people can trust that whatever I say is legit how I feel.
- Everything is black and white to me and I have to have an opinion on everything. I hate ambiguity. I’m much more comfortable with tons of details and I prefer when things are verbally defined in detail out loud.
- I love arguing. I don’t mean emotional arguing, but rather, using logic to find truth. Debate was basically my life in high school and I was a Philosophy major in college. A lot of times when someone is talking to me, I’m converting what they’re saying into a logic proof in my mind & then thinking “oh! that’s fill in the blank fallacy.” I think I come across as stubborn, but I really just want people to give me evidence to prove their ideas and to work to persuade me. It makes me SOOOO HAPPY when I meet someone who will actually debate me and isn’t afraid to disagree with my viewpoints and tell me why I’m wrong and what I need to change!
- I was born to be efficient. I love planning, organizing, being the leader, and getting stuff done. I’ve been involved in a ton of extracurriculars since I was 11 and have always been over-involved. On the outside it seems like I am balancing everything & have my life together, but I cry so much and often feel stressed that there isn’t enough of me to go around, that if there were 5 of me or if I never had to sleep, I could help so many more people, accomplish so much more of what I want to create.
- I’m utopian-thinking, an optimist, and have an artist’s mind.
- I’m never bored. Sometimes it stresses me out when people have down time and complain about being bored, because if there were 3 of me I would still have a ton of stuff on my to-do list. If the time turners in Harry Potter hadn’t been destroyed in Book 5, I would own one & use it ALL THE TIME.
- Dozens of things make me incredibly happy! I made a video a couple years ago on my why I’m able to be so happy almost always!
- I aspire to be a Philosopher Queen. My favorite genre of literature is dystopian and I’m fascinated with the idea of being able to create the perfect society. Plato’s Republic is one of the best books I’ve ever read and it explains this so well. Some of my best friends I met at Pepperdine were international students from Singapore and their government is an ethical, just totalitarianism and since high school I’ve been SO attracted to more socialist governments. So basically, I’m really looking forward to Heaven!!
Who are you, off-line?? In real life I go by Liz and am equally happy and zebra-print obsessed. I’m more intellectual than most of you realize. I’ve always LOVED studying and classes and going to school. And I need philosophizing in my life. I am super passionate about Koine Greek (the original language of the New Testament). I learned it my freshman & sophomore year at Pepperdine, so now I can read the Bible in Greek! I’m also an aspiring writer. My macbook’s full of backbones for novels, random short stories, poems, etc. and in the future I for sure want to publish! Right now I’m writing a memoir about bipolar disorder and my conversion into the Catholic Church. I’m so excited to show you my writing!
Spreading the Gospel MAKES ME HAPPY & I’ve spent the past three summer teaching English in Thailand through Let’s Start Talking. I was planning on moving to Thailand for a few years to teach English with the Bible upon graduating Pepperdine, but studying into the Church Fathers and Early Church Theology converted me into the Catholic Church. Since high school I’ve felt this urgency to get the Gospel to unreached parts of the world and am happy that my YouTube can be a theological outlet for showing people who God is and teaching them about Christianity. If not that I can see myself being an attorney, working for a non-profit, doing full-time writing, being a Professor, or doing something video production related. I also (of course!!) want to be a wife and a mom!
What would we be surprised to know about you? I grew up without TV or internet. When I was 13 my family finally got internet in our home and that’s when I started watching YouTube! When I was in high school, I started watching a couple TV shows and sometimes I still do, but its not at all a habit.
What can you not live without? Music. I’m constantly downloading new songs through iTunes and most free moments I’m listening to music or dancing to it or both! I need music in my life to stay emotionally & mentally healthy!! It helps me process my life and feel peaceful.
What type of Christian are you? I am Catholic! I grew up in Church of Church but started RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) in August 2017 and was fully received into the Church at Easter Vigil of 2018.
What are your theological views? Growing up I had tons of theological views and viewed “dreaming up” and thinking through my own interpretations of the Bible as a way to flourish intellectually. But one of the major themes I find when reading through the New Testament is unity and by this not a shallow emotional unity of theological diversity, but a theological unity of basic truths of the Church. As a Catholic, I accept all Church dogma and trust the history of the Magisterium which traces back to the Early Church Fathers as absolute truths of the original Apostles meant for Scripture to be understood.
Life Philosophy: I believe life is all about falling in love with as many activities and art forms and passions and personalities and dimensions of God as possible. One of my favorite Bible verses is Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at everything with all your heart as working for the Lord not for men.” The same theme is in Ecclesiastes 9:10, “Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your strength.” Live passionately!
Lacking passion and love: Apathy. I view apathy as the greatest sin. When we stop caring extravagantly about friends and family and strangers and immigrants and people suffering, we contribute to the world spiritually deteriorating. Compassion toward people who culture tells us to ignore or people who we’ll never meet or those who are threatening us is not an intuitive reaction. That’s why we need God. He changes us.
Augustine thought of evil not as an actual substance or concept or set of actions, but rather as a deterioration of the good. Our culture engrains in us this connotation of good being boring and nothingness, but I think of good as having dimension and colors and encompassing passion. Being a Christian is not about avoiding sin, its about seeking to know more of God and going out of your way to love other people. My pastor from college describes it as God using us to breathe life into people by resurrecting the dark and broken parts of their lives.
Can I send you mail? Not anymore! I was so encouraged by all the letters and gifts and art that you sent to me while I was a student at Pepperdine. Now I’ve graduated and I currently do not have a P.O. Box and do not plan on getting one. I’m SORRY.
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