I am what they call a "Florida Firecracker," having been born and raised on the Gulf Coast. My earliest memories are of going to my grandparents’ home after Sunday mass for family dinner, swimming and boating. I was an only child with two loving parents. We lived a good life.
Somewhere along the way, the church hurt our family deeply, causing us to become nomads in our faith. During that journey, I decided that God wasn’t real. Youth group was fun though, and I could do that while not believing in God. I was in middle school and believed I knew everything.
One cold night in January 1994, while on a youth trip to Gatlinburg, the Lord stepped out of theory and into reality for me during the final song of the evening. While my eternity became secure, I had no clue what to do with the present, so I kept on keeping on. I would talk about and promote Jesus but didn’t change the basics about my life, language, thoughts or relationships.
Three years later, during my freshman year at the University of Florida, I was dating Adam, the guy I hoped would become my husband. Things were not going well. We decided to give our relationship one final try by asking Jesus for help. That moment radically changed our relationship and our daily lives.
Adam and I did get married, and we now have two children. I spent the first half of my professional career supporting a technology executive and his team, eventually focusing on strategic staff management. The second half of my career has been within our church family at First Baptist Ocala providing support and leadership in global discipleship, women’s ministry and strategic planning. This summer, the Lord led us to step out in faith by moving to Fort Worth. I am thankful for this opportunity to be a part of and serve The Village Church family.
Hope for The Village Church
My hope for The Village is that, through obedience rooted in faith, we share Jesus Christ with our community and see Him work in amazing ways for His glory!