Client Relations Coordinator
Van Ward has gotten used to the comments.
“You know this isn’t normal, right?” friends have told him over the last couple years.
What they’re speaking to is Ward’s age, but also what he’s been able to accomplish in a very short span of time.
By the time he graduated high school, he had earned certification in Paralegal Studies and Business Administration. By the time he was 21, he was a licensed minister and had helped in the early stages of planting a new church in Pennsylvania. After his role in that project ended, Ward returned to the Grand Strand and joined the staff at Indigo Family Law, receiving a promotion just three months later as the firm’s New Client Coordinator.
Ward is frequently the smiling face greeting people who walk through the doors or the chipper voice on the other end of the phone. Deeper than that, he’s the determining factor on which Indigo attorney can best handle a perspective client’s needs.
And with every decision he makes, he’s drawing upon his own experiences both with the Victory Life Center church or his own childhood, one that shaped him in a way that he says matured him at an early age.
After spending most of his first six years in the care of his grandmother following his parents’ divorce, Ward remembers the feelings associated with hearing that his mother was picking him up from school one day. He went home with her that afternoon and spent his seventh birthday with her before returning to his grandmother’s home for the rest of his childhood.
The open book of Ward’s life transgressed with an on-again, off-again relationship with both parents, but what he always tried to concentrate on was how to keep his eyes forward.
“Just being able to come through the teen years and go to high school and be the first one in my family to go to college, it was faith,” Ward said. “But it was built upon the fact that it wasn’t based upon what could have torn me apart from the very beginning.”
He rolls with it, his developed vibrant personality and keen attention to detail going into his decisions on how to best aid a client’s goals.
“When it comes to situations in the workplace and I encounter someone who has an avenue that is very much like mine, it takes me back to scenarios where I saw where the truth was,” he said.
That’s what “normal” means to Ward.