I grew up in Worthington, MN, smack dab in the middle of six children. My parents raised us all with the knowledge of who Jesus was. But being born in the Midwest and on a farm, I was raised with a sense that our faith was a private thing. I also felt the pressure to be a “good girl” because that is how you got God’s attention.
After attending a Christian school through eighth grade, my parents let me choose where I would like to go to high school. I choose our local public school. I went from a class of 6 to a class of 360. It was during my ninth grade year that I realized my need for a Savior. Up to that point, I would have told you I was a Christian. I knew my Bible and my catechism. But I also thought I was “good enough” because of what I knew. But due to an encounter with a friend who challenged my heart, I began to see what God saw. I saw someone who was lost and confused – full of shame knowing that deep inside I could never measure up to my own abilities. I felt the overwhelming need for a real relationship with God. I confessed my sin, my need for the Gospel and immediately felt the immeasurable grace that only our Heavenly Father can offer. My heart was forever changed.
Since that day, I have continued to grow and be challenged in this incredible journey I have been on with my God. I married a wonderful man, Scott, who loves Jesus as well. We left Minnesota after five years of marriage with our four children and relocated to Arkansas and have been in full-time ministry for the last 25 years. Scott and I were on staff with CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ) for ten years before I started working at Fellowship. At Fellowship, I have been given the chance to love students, in our Student Ministry and then to love and lead our women in our Women’s Ministry.
I recently left Women’s Ministry and started my new position serving on the Adult Discipleship team with my primary focus being Assimilation. God has developed in me a love for connecting people to meaningful relationships. Sometimes it is getting a person connected on a Sunday morning, other times it is getting them connected to a small group or maybe just getting connected to another person. I believe these are all meaningful connections that can ultimately bring a deeper connection with Christ.
My hope for Fellowship Bible Church is that it becomes known as a church that loves people where ever they are on their spiritual journey. That we would be a church that is making disciples and that we would be missional by joining people who are out in our communities sharing the Gospel with the lost.