MEET LAURA BETH
I've been married to my wonderful husband, Jason, since 2011. We have a medium-sized puppy named Guster, who can’t decide if he’s fearless or utterly skittish. I am very fortunate to have my parents and my brother's family all living here in Fort Worth.
I grew up in the church. My parents taught me to love the Lord from an early age. I was blessed to be a part of a youth group that put a very strong emphasis on service. I went on several mission trips in high school that helped open my eyes to how God is at work all over the world. I attended Harding University and was blessed with the opportunity to study for a semester in Greece. The Word of God became more alive to me there as I was able to read passages in the New Testament, then visit the actual locations from the text. In 2006, I was working at The Hills as a graphic designer, and had my first opportunity to truly step out in faith and rely wholly on God. An opportunity arose to join a missionary team in Mbale, Uganda, with the goal of establishing a Christian University. I was scared, but the Lord began working on my heart and it wasn’t long before I knew I had been called to serve in Africa. It was incredibly difficult to step away from everything in my life for an entire year, but the spiritual rewards have been life changing. My love for Africa has never gone away, but when I arrived back in Texas, the Lord provided me with a job at the Hills working with the Kids Ministry and he gave my heart peace for staying in Texas. In 2010, once again I was given the chance to step out in faith towards the unknown. I was able to join the initial staff of a new Hills campus as the Kids Minister. Through each of these steps in my faith journey, the Lord has continually blessed me with his love and peace.
Romans 12:2 has been my favorite verse for a very long time. It helps me stay focused on what's truly important. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. When I'm feeling lost or run down, this verse reminds me to shift my way of thinking. It's been a great reminder that striving for what's best in the sight of the world is not the goal. It encourages me to seek God and His will rather than get caught up in things of this world.
Since 2004, I've worked with The Hills in many different roles from graphic designer to international missions and the launch of LivingStone University to kids ministry first at the North Richland Hills campus and currently at West Fort Worth. The Hills is a place that loves the Lord and loves His people. It's a place where people feel welcome to come as they are. It's a place that boldly proclaims the gospel locally and internationally. It's a place that is always encouraging people to grow in their faith.
My hope for the future of The Hills Church is that it will continue to reach lost people for the Lord. I hope people will continue to be challenged to grow deeper in their faith and to share the love of the Lord with others. I hope that we will be a church that continues to step out in faith, and one that continues to seek God's guidance to further His Kingdom.