Early Childhood Coordinator – As far back as I can remember, I’ve had a desire to know Jesus. My aunt introduced me as a child to church, which I loved. My teen years were rough and full of struggles with my parents. I often held onto Psalm 27:10, “When my father and mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me.” In my 20’s, God brought Christ-centered women mentors into my life. I began to enjoy volunteering at my church where I discovered a caring church family. Over the years, I assisted in nearly every area of church life and soon realized that God had given me His heart for children.
For over a decade I worked in Human Resources with The Toro Company. I managed a variety of areas, including benefits, policies, job analysis, worker’s compensation, safety and recruitment. I was an ISO 9001/3 internal auditor and business resumption plan administration team leader.
In 1997, I married my husband Gordon. We became a blended family, together with my daughter Priscilla and two of Gordon’s sons from a previous marriage. God provided much grace, prayer and counseling as we learned to grow close. We moved to a home near Big Bear/Lake Arrowhead in CA, where I worked as a real estate agent. Soon afterwards we became the legal guardians for an amazing 14-year old boy, Paul, whose father had been abusive. In the years that followed, we provided foster care for nine other children but God still had another surprise for us…a tiny red-headed baby girl named Madison (Missy) and we soon adopted her. We feel very thankful to have her!
Several years ago we found ourselves in our truck, pulling a travel trailer behind us to Lindale, TX. We attended YWAM’s CDTS and SOE missions training. Upon completing our studies, God led us to South Dakota to work with the Lakota Native Americans, who are related to my husband’s tribe. Gordon managed the construction of a large church built by faith for the Lakota. I took on administrative duties during our time there and taught children’s Sunday School. Together we led the youth. After a year of ministry with the Lakota, we sensed the Lord calling us to return to Lindale. Ministry is still in the forefront of our hearts and minds. Although we consider ourselves relatively new CCF members, we have an authentic passion for the church family here and look forward to serving as God leads.