When I was a kid, we moved a lot. I was the new kid every year until 3rd grade when we landed in a small town in Kansas. My gym teacher invited me to the kids’ ministry at the little church across the street from my house and it was there that I began to understand and develop my relationship with Jesus. He led me to a Christian college in Oklahoma that I loved. It was a whole new world to see so many people that loved the Lord and knew His word. I got my social work degree, met my husband, and got married all by the time I was 22.
When I was pregnant with our second child, we went on our first international mission trip. That started my husband on a journey from technical writing to becoming a full-time missionary. It was an exciting but difficult time for me as he was growing more fully toward his God-given purpose while I was home raising our children and feeling “sidelined” by God. Over time, my world grew smaller and by the time our third child was a year old, our marriage was in trouble. By the grace of God, we went through nine months of counseling and then both of us went to Celebrate Recovery. We still struggle, but the tools we received through that process truly changed my heart, shaped my burdens, and led me to my current ministry.
My two words are “Fostering Bridges.” For me that means connecting people across financial, racial, and emotional divides that keep us from living the abundant life God promised. Basically, I just love to help people!
As care network director, I serve Fellowship Dallas by connecting those who have the gifts of caring and serving with those who are hurting. It is such a blessing to me to see how our church family comes together to minister to each other.