As I got older, I realized that my early commitment to Jesus somehow morphed into me becoming a legalist. I mistakenly tried to work hard to earn what God had already given me as a gift, and as a result, I noticed how others fell short. At times I still struggle to believe that salvation is a gift that I can’t work to earn, so I continually remind myself of the gospel each day—that I am fully loved and that God’s amazing grace is all I need. It teaches me to see others as He does, to recognize that we are all looking for home in Him, and to bring a little piece of that to those He puts in my life.
As an adult, I spent years building a little community each year as a teacher of young children. I lived in Romania loving those who had been abandoned and still go back to see “my kids” often. I was blessed to help build and invest in our kids’ ministry here at Fellowship and I have the privilege of being an aunt to seven nieces and nephews. God is good.
My two words are “Cultivating Stability.” I want to build clear paths for people to find their place at Fellowship, build a strong team that will invest relationally and not let you fall through the cracks, and have reliable systems that people can count on to take their next steps and get the support and encouragement they need. I want to create a sense of home for the people of Fellowship. This carries over into my personal life where I love to make a plan, get people together where relationships can happen, and be a consistent presence and loving investor in the lives of others.
As the connecting pastor, I have the privilege of working with a team that welcomes people to Fellowship and helps them get connected to Jesus, community, and purpose. I am also a resource and encouragement to those who have been at Fellowship for years as they “get moving” and take the next step that God has for them. It is a joy get to build opportunities for celebration and community here. I want Fellowship to feel like a good home, one where you are safe and loved, where you have fun and build life-long relationships, where you are trained up and given responsibility, where you invest in the family and welcome guests with hospitality and warmth, and where when the time is right you are pushed out of the nest to fly and are always welcome to come home and rest!