Alumni Spotlight

Kristin HernandezKristin Hernandez’s journey to finding her purpose began at California Baptist University. She believes her time on campus significantly shaped who she has become both professionally and personally.

While living in Simmons Hall her freshman year, a Resident Assistant took the time to invest in Kristin, discipling her and helping her deepen her faith. As a result, she began to read the Bible regularly and surrounded herself with like-minded friends and mentors. They all cared about and supported each other and built a strong community around their shared values and beliefs. Because of the intentional discipleship she received, Kristin took the opportunity to do the same for others by becoming a resident assistant during her junior and senior years. She also traveled to Rwanda and the Middle East through ISP trips, opening her eyes to God’s heart for the nations and cultures beyond her own. Sharing her faith on these trips and discipling as a resident advisor helped her grow more in her compassion for others, leadership skills, and faith.

A 2011 graduate, Kristin was an English major with a journalism minor. She had always loved communications and writing, but her classes allowed her to grow as a writer and communicator that she never expected. As a senior, she presented a capstone project to the entire English department. It was a 50-page paper on the role of imagination in Katherine Patterson’s children’s books Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved. This experience solidified her dream of becoming a published author. Though she never expected God to lead her to write the book, she did.

Sunlight in DecemberToday, Kristin has realized her dream of becoming a published author with her book, Sunlight in December: a Mother’s Story of Finding the Goodness of God in the Storm of Grief. The journey to realizing this dream was not an easy one. 

Kristin and her husband Chris, ’10 I have a 3-year-old son at home and five babies who are now with Jesus. Their firstborn son, Ethan, died shortly after birth in 2015 due to a rare chromosome disorder called Trisomy 9. It was through Ethan’s life and death and Kristin’s struggle with God, she ultimately found His goodness in the middle of suffering through prayer and reading His Word. This experience led Kristin to launch an online ministry and write her book.

The ministry also called “Sunlight in December,” includes her writings, speaking engagements, discipleship, a podcast called Through the Lens. Though most importantly, it has her walking alongside grieving mothers who have experienced infertility, miscarriage or the loss of an infant. 

Kristin has partnered with various organizations and nonprofits. She offers resources to support groups, writes articles for blogs and speaks at retreats and conferences. She also leads support groups and simply offers prayer and a listening ear to those who are grieving.

Kristin hopes that others feel less alone and ultimately find the comfort of Jesus amid their suffering. She feels society often puts pressure on people to grieve quickly. Kristin wants those experiencing loss to know that God weeps with them and gives us space for biblical lament. She hopes to spread the message that our greatest hope is Christ, despite our circumstances. 

Kristin hopes to one day write a second book. In the meantime, she is enjoying these God-given opportunities, loving on her family, connecting with friends over coffee, running, riding roller coasters and taking in those sunny days.