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 are truly cherished memories. 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.
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 remember sitting in the pew at the 8am service 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. Since I’m a teacher by profession, I enjoy building meaningful relationships with kids whether it is through community service projects, classroom curriculum, camps, or programs. It a privilege to be part of a team at RLC that supports youth of all ages, which begins in our pre-school and continues until our teens graduate from high school.
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 it is an honor to be part of that. I also 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, and in 2017 we celebrated 20 married years together. Our oldest daughter, Annika, will be a freshman at Horizon HS in fall 2018 and is fierce on the basketball court but a sweetheart to her pre-K/Kinders in the Sunday School classroom. My youngest daughter Maya is entering 6th grade with her twin, Jarrett, in fall 2018. Maya is a beautiful dancer who loves wearing gigantic bows, and Jarrett is an awesome first baseman and has the biggest heart for dogs of all shapes and sizes. 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: Iced non-fat vanilla latte