I was raised in a large Christian family on a small ranch in northeast Texas. We attended church every week and I was often involved in youth activities such as church camps, outreach, and choir. At age 10, I became a Christ-follower and was baptized at the church my family had attended for many years.
One of my favorite outreach activities was the bus ministry, which meant distributing bubble gum to kids on our weekly visits to unchurched families in our community as well as riding the church bus on Sunday mornings to go pick them up. Looking back I realize that it was during this time that I began to experience the deep joy that comes from serving others and sharing the truth of the Gospel with them.
I married my husband, Chris, a year after I graduated high school and we spent the next few years putting each other through college. I earned my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Texas A&M Commerce and my Master’s in Library and Information Science from TWU and became an English teacher in both private and public schools over the course of the next 15 years. During that time, we raised four sons and spent most of our time shuttling kids to every kind of sport imaginable.
While working in the private Christian school, I developed and lead a school mission program that had both a local and global focus, which gave me the opportunity to work alongside a national partner in West Africa and take hundreds of students and adults on international mission trips. I know now that God was using this time in my life to train me for my current role as Outreach Pastor.
Chris and I have now been married for 38 years and are the parents of 4 adult sons, 2 daughters-in-love, and 3 beautiful grandchildren. We love to visit state parks, explore new places, and host family and friends in our home.
My two words are Orchestrating Exchanges. I feel most alive when given the opportunity to share the truth of God’s Word here and around the world.
I live out my God-given purpose at Fellowship by training and equipping others to serve cross-culturally, which might look like introducing a Fellowship family to a local refugee family as part of our Refugee Connect Initiative, giving oversight to our local community center, The Melting Pot, or leading teams as they serve alongside our global partners in Uganda, Nicaragua, India, and Nepal.
My job also includes overseeing the systems and process of our internal and external Service Teams.