I am the wife to Michael & mum to Melisa.
March 2 is my birthday.
I like to cook – although I’m having to adjust a bit since moving to the UK.
I don’t have much of a green thumb but am learning as the manse’s back garden is a beautiful place that needs lots of attention.
My iPhone has few apps but lots of music on it, music like: Praise & Worship, Christian Rock, Reggae, Country, Bluegrass, Blues, Southern Rock, Alternative Rock, and some Indie.
I like film – some of my favourites are Couples Retreat, new Batman series, Harry Potter series, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Soul Surfer, Hunger Games series, Hot Fuzz, Fiddler on the Roof, Sherlock Holmes series, The Godfather series, Oceans series (lots of series, huh?)
Background: I felt God’s call to ministry as a 12 year old at church summer camp; I came home and declared when I turned 18 I was moving to Kenya to be a missionary. I didn’t do that but I did move to Oklahoma, USA to attend Bible college. After two years I transferred to MidAmerica Nazarene University (Kansas, USA) to complete my Bachelors degree in Religion. While there I meet Michael, and we were married the year before we both graduated.
After graduation we took our first pastoral assignment in California, USA. It was grand and glorious, just like we hoped! All too soon, we returned to the midwest for Michael to attend seminary. During this time I took a ministry role in the International Ministry Centre for the Church of the Nazarene. I also started and completed my Masters in Spiritual Formation during this time.
About this time, we started the adoption process. Two years later, we were in Bogota, Colombia adopting our beautiful daughter. It was a long struggle with infertility and the adoption process but God has blessed our lives together as a family. God is faithful!
While in Bogota, we received a call to come pastor a small inner-city church in Minnesota, USA. 5 months later we packed up and headed to the frozen tundra. Our years in Minnesota was unique, exciting, challenging, and a God thing. The church was more like an intentional community – all living in the same 7 block neighbourhood. I was also working full time as well as an International Sales Co-ordinator Manager with Cargill. Balancing church, work, and family was quite a challenge for my life.
Michael and I began praying and seeking a ministry assignment where I could devote my full self to ministry and stop the juggling act. God moved mountains and I can say I am doing that now and I’m a missionary just like I thought I would be when I was 12 – but not in Kenya, just the UK.
God’s provision and direction was in over drive as we said yes to come pastor the North Watford Church. All the extra money, timing needs, and legal necessity just fell into place at a very quick pace. We arrived in April 2014 and it’s been a whirlwind. Moving continents, countries, and cultures isn’t without challenging – but again God is faithful. And this has been a blast – tons of fun!