About Lisa Hempel

The Short Version

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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is an aspiring Bounty Hunter who is always looking for God's Bounty-- His grace and goodness-- in the mundane and melancholy as well as in the miraculous. She is also a wife, mother of four adult children--two with Cerebral Palsy, grandmother and minister of the Gospel. "You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance." Psalm 65:11 NLT

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6 thoughts on “About Lisa Hempel”

  1. How can I get in yr mailing list to read your writings? Better off-road.com?

    Loved what you wrote. Love God.. His Word my life source.

    1. Hi Treva! So glad you found BetterOffRead.com! Thanks for your comment. A more obvious and convenient Subscribe option has been added to the menu. When using a PC it is located on the side menu and on a mobile device it is at the bottom of the page. Blessings, Lisa

  2. Hi,
    Hope you remember me. I got a lovely and much appreciated letter from Chloe but have no return address to send my return letter to. Wonder if I could get that some way as I thought I had the address but can’t locate it. I often think of the wonderful Hempels, especially my wonderful student Chloe. Looking forward to hearing from you.


    1. Oh my, I just saw this! I saw that Chloe got a letter from you so you got the contact info. But I just want to take the time to tell you what an amazing woman you are! Over the years there have been times we have found ourselves asking what would Georgia do? True story! You have made such a difference in Chloe’s life. Right or wrong, every teacher since you has been compared to your high standard. We feel so fortunate that Chloe was able to be in your class those few years and I know you played a large part in her academic success. We also will never forget your wonderful act of kindness when you came to the funeral of Chloe’s Grandfather (My father). Blessings on you and your family!

  3. Hi Lisa

    We are having a Women’s Retreat April, 15 and 16th. ,and was wondering if you would be available? Friday night, just for ……little introduction….and then Saturday., a few different times…with break-out sessions in between.
    We are in the early stages of planning, and just wanted to know a little about what your speaking topics would be.

    Looking forward to hearing back from you.


    Laura Swanson

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