How did you come to know Christ? My journey in Faith is long with twists and turns, but I owe my beginning to parents who were raised in a small Midwestern town where church was the hub of the community. They maintained that priority when we moved to AZ, and my mom proved to be a role model of what it means to serve Christ with her involvement in Children’s Ministry. My Sunday School years prove cherished memories, but my confirmation process was turbulent with my church embroiled in pastoral conflict. Years later, after college, marriage, and the birth of my first child, I found myself back in Children’s Ministry, and here is where the seeds of Christ’s love, planted so long ago, truly took root and grew. Through my relationship and mentorship with the Children’s Ministry Director, through my life changing trips to KidMin, and through watching God work and speak within my own children, I’ve come to know Christ and that HE is GOOD ALL the time.
How did you come to Resurrection? When my first child was nearing Sunday School age, I started looking for a church in our neighborhood where she could grow up just as I had with my own parents. Resurrection was geographically closest to home, so it was first on our list of visits. At the time, I didn’t know it would also be the last. Pregnant with twins, my husband, 2-year-old daughter, and I walked on RLC’s campus and were greeted with open arms. I was brought up in the traditional service, so this is what we attended that first day, and I remember sitting in the pew with tears in my eyes as we sang a familiar hymn, “Old Rugged Cross.” I was home.
What do you do at Resurrection? My calling is Children’s Ministry. I’m a teacher by profession, but I never turn off “teacher” since I don’t seem to get enough of working with kids of all ages in and outside of church.
What’s your favorite thing about your job? I enjoy the creativity and inspiration that encompasses Children’s Ministry. Kids are so smart and observant and genuine. They challenge me and surprise me and make me a better person just being around them. I love watching them grow up and grow forward as they continue their journey in faith and what an honor to be part of that. I love the Children’s Ministry TEAM who I call friends and who share an excitement for what is now and what is to come.
Tell us about your family. I met my husband at Teddy Bear Pre-School in Fountain Hills, age four. It wasn’t love at first sight because boys have cooties; however, after dating different times, by our sophomore year in college we figured we could make things work and in June 2017 we celebrated 20 married years together. We started with raising two very beautiful Pomeranians, who not only were nothing like raising children but actually, nothing like raising real dogs. They were princesses and perfect. Kids are messy and so is the dog pack we have now, BUT I love them all. Annika is a very smart and stubborn teenager who is fierce on the basketball court. Our twins, Maya and Jarrett, are our youngest and quite different. Jarrett aspires to be the tallest boy in his school and is grateful for my Viking genes. He is a lefty and a baseball player, which I’m told is a good thing. Maya is a better dancer at 10 than I was in college, and she loves wearing bows that are bigger than her head. In summer 2016 the three kids each adopted a dog from Home Fur Good, so we now have a pack that includes an Apple Head Chihuahua (Minnie), a Chug (Baxter), and a MinPin (Roscoe). We’ve lived in the same house since before Annika was born, and she says we’re never allowed to move. So, I guess we’ll be buried in the backyard while our desert tortoise, Spike, walks over our graves.
Favorite Bible Verse: Mark 12:30 Favorite Christian Artist: Mandisa <3. Favorite Starbucks order: Grande, iced non-fat vanilla latte