I love a good story, whether it be told in words, movie, or song. The best part of my story started with my marriage to Wayne, 20 years ago, and our ongoing adventures in raising our three children and our family dog, who doesn’t really know he’s a D-O-G. With my volunteer schedule in each of my kids' schools, their soccer and gymnastics activities, and family time, we stay quite busy.
I feel very blessed to have been raised by a mom and dad who loved Jesus above all else and prayed for me daily. My faith is continually shaped each and every day by the people God has placed in my life, whether it be for a season, a lifetime, or a moment. I continually learn new things about myself and my Savior!
It’s difficult for me to remember a time when I wasn’t in church ministry somehow. I began as a volunteer in 2007 working in Kids' Ministry and was hired in 2009 by The Hills. I have a heart for teaching and helping in Kids Ministry because as a young child in first grade, my Sunday school teacher, Pauline Jimmerson, showed me who Jesus was and that he cared about what happened to me; that I was precious and worth something... singled out and CHOSEN! I learned that God loved even the “stinkers”. The last few years I have shifted into my new role as the Resource Room Coordinator, a.k.a. the Resource Room Fairy! It merges my gift of hospitality with my gift of organization. I love having everything in its place and color coded. I also serve in our 24:7 Student Ministry.
My hope for The Hills is that it becomes a place that people run to – not from. A place where broken people with huge hurts find a HUGE God who is the healer they need. A place where we serve others more than ourselves, learn to dance for joy like David, and teach the HOPE that is Jesus Christ. One of my favorite quotes is from Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.” I don’t always feel like I am the most talented person, and the deceiver tries to often convince me I’m not worthy. But God has continually showed me time and again that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13. So as long as I have time here on this earth I will continue to use my talent and strength until God calls me home!