I’m a co-laborer with my amazing husband in fulfilling the great commission (Matthew 28:19) and the mother of four awesome adult children. My biggest passion is encouraging people through and introducing people to the amazing Word of God! I love being outdoors–except for tent camping.
The Not-So-Short Version
I grew up in a military family and spent my younger years moving around a lot. When I was 7, a friend from school invited me to church. I was so moved by what I heard that I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior and dedicated my life to God. Shortly after, my parents also received Christ and my family began attending church.
Because of my father’s occupation, I attended many schools—my record is 17! I attended 4 high schools and graduated in North Dakota. I went off to U.C. Davis where I got the call into ministry at a Keith Green Memorial Concert. I then transferred to Bethany University and received a B.A. Degree in Psychology with a minor in Bible. It was there where I met the man I love most. We married a year after we graduated and started our ministry as youth pastors in Central California. I went on to earn a M.A. Degree in Counseling from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA.
Four years later, we moved to Washington State, where we served at two different churches for over 20 years. During that time, I also taught Psychology at Columbia Basin College for ten years and served as a Youth Pastor for three years. We resigned from our last pastorate after feeling led to do so. We currently work in our family-owned construction business and are active in our local church. I also am a Women’s Speaker and licensed minister credentialed with the Assemblies of God.
We have 3 beautiful daughters and a very handsome son. The youngest two, have some special challenges. After many years of genetic and medical tests there still has been no diagnosis, but after many trips to UCLA Medical Center, Children’s Hospital in Seattle and Gillette’s Specialty Clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota, the consensus is they have a rare genetic disorder. My adult son functions at about a 10 month level both physically and cognitively. He is in a wheelchair. My youngest daughter, fortunately, is not as severe as her brother and does remarkably well. She started walking when she was seven years old. She loves to read the Word. Recently, she was reading seven different devotionals! Despite cognitive delays, she functions spiritually above the rest of us! Because of the special needs of their younger siblings and the challenges that God has brought to our family, my older two daughters, have grown into extraordinary young women. They have been such a blessing to our family and the care they provide to their brother and sister is greatly appreciated.
As you can imagine there have been many challenges and there are more up ahead. But the wonderful words of scripture have sustained us, directed us and equipped us in miraculous ways. The gratitude I have towards God for His mindfulness of my seemingly insignificant life compels me to share His Word through this website. Truly we are Better Off when we read the Bible. Through it God speaks to us and we are made aware of how awesome is He.
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