Born and raised in North Carolina, I gave my life to Jesus one day after school in 5th grade. Standing by our kitchen table, Jesus became my Lord and Savior. My mom prayed with me, and I confessed my sin. She invited me to tell our pastor and encouraged me to be baptized, and I did so joyfully. God set me apart since before the foundation of the world, and He changed my life, making a new creation of me, at age 10.
During high school and college, I began to pray for Christ-likeness. Not to be rude, but I didn’t mean His singleness. Yet, my singleness has been the way He has chosen to sanctify me the most. It is not easy, but it makes me dependent and deepens my trust in Him. In 1779, John Newton wrote these words as a hymn: “I asked the Lord that I might grow in faith, and love, and every grace; Might more of His salvation know, and seek, more earnestly, his face. ’twas He who taught me thus to pray and He, I trust, has answered prayer! But it has been in such a way as almost drove me to despair.” This hymn has been the song of my heart since April of 1997. I was 26 years old, and my mom died unexpectedly. It was the darkest and most refining time of my life, because I did not understand the God I thought I knew. I couldn’t reason why my loving Father would give me a life without a mom. God was on trial, and I had the gavel—or so I thought.
God has rid me of many comforts (living near family), securities (booming corporate career) and dreams (husband)—and He has given me Himself. He has calmed my heart in the midst of grief and fear and taught me to trust Him—even if He does not come through for me in the way I expect or desire. He has my trust. He is my living hope.
God called me into vocational ministry when I was 35. It was immediate. I was undone and knew becoming a student of God’s Word was my next step. So, I quit my actuarial career, sold my house and moved 800 miles north to Boston. I am so thankful to God for my theological training. Those special years were spent growing in wisdom, deepening my faith and loving God more.
Hope for The Village Church
My hope for The Village is that people would know Christ because of our love for them, that we would be disciples and make disciples, and that we would be distinguished by obedience, all for His glory.