Pastor of Connections
Who I am:
I have been married to my best friend Justin since 1999. I am a mother of three amazing children, Ashlynn, Kylie, and Ryan.
Our family loves to play games, and our favorite vacation spot is anywhere with sandy beaches and rolling waves. I love to read. Digging into a historical fiction book is the best way to spend a day, especially if it's next to the pool. I find rest and enjoyment in doing yard work, keeping a tidy house, and organizing my home and family. My escape from the busyness of life is found in my backyard swing, where Jesus seems to be waiting to meet with me every single time.
What I do:
I have experienced the transforming work of the Holy Spirit in my life, my marriage, and in my parenting, and I want other families to experience the same. In addition to teaching children and youth about Jesus in partnership with their parents, Family Ministry also focuses on marriage and parenting. I long to see marriages strengthened as couples walk in the light of the Gospel and for parents to feel empowered to disciple their children to know, love, and follow Jesus.
What God did:
I grew up in church, knowing who Jesus was, but without a growing relationship with Him. As a teen, I tried to live a double life with one foot in the world and one doing the "Christian" things. But I was a slave to sin and a captive to guilt and shame, always disappointed in myself, confident that God felt the same way too. But God opened my eyes to my need for a Savior as a young adult. He showed me that my knowledge of Jesus didn't save me, and he invited me to surrender my life to Him as Lord. I received his free gift of love, mercy, and forgiveness found at the cross. Jesus paid the penalty for my sin, freed me from it, and took the guilt and shame too. Now I find my rest, peace, and joy in Jesus because I know that he loves me and calls me friend!