I grew up on a farm just outside of Bluffton along with my 2 brothers and 2 sisters. My parents were both born and raised in the Bluffton/Pandora area and grew up attending Grace Mennonite Church along with my grandparents.
Church was part of our weekly life growing up. We attended church on Sundays and Wednesdays. We were raised with Christian morals and were expected to be kind, loving, obedient and respectful. At the age of 6, I attended Ebenezer Mennonite’s VBS. A sweet lady by the name of Janet Messenger shared the gospel with me. She handed me two 70s colored tracts, one burnt orange and one an odd 70s green color. She walked through each and every part of how God loves me so much that He sent His son Jesus Christ to die on a cross for my sins. If I wanted to spend forever with Him in heaven, I just needed to believe and trust in Him. I became His child that day!
My faith didn’t stop at conversion and God continues to mold and shape me to reflect Him more deeply. At the end of college, I married my husband Aaron who was an officer in the Marine Corp. God took us on a journey across the United States for the next 17 years. It is awesome to look back and see how God was working in so many ways over those years, especially through the most difficult parts. Aaron spent almost 2 years deployed overseas. I was a young mom living alone on the other side of the U.S. from my family. God took my circumstances and drew me into His arms and helped me depend on Him and trust Him more than I could have ever imagined. Those hard days became times of sweet fellowship with God. My relationship with HIM is what sustained me and carried me.
God was also using my years as a military wife to prepare me for ministry. Each place we moved, God opened doors and was nudging me further into Children’s ministry. I was also blessed with the opportunity to homeschool our three boys. Aaron and I wanted them to have a strong foundation straight from the Word from a young age. It took a lot of patience and a lot of intentionality, but I am so thankful for how God put the discipleship of our boys as something very tender to our hearts. Children’s ministry isn’t any different. My desire is to plant seeds of faith, teach foundational truths and love these children as Christ loves each of us is dear to my heart. The joy of seeing these young tender hearts come into a relationship with Jesus is such a precious thing. Great is our God and worthy of our praise!
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.