I grew up in Thiensville, Wisconsin. I was blessed to reside in a loving home with plenty of friends but was enslaved to a list of empty accomplishments that ruled my life. I was a "good person" and on the path to success according to the world. I had little to no participation in church and knew nothing of God's character. Little did I know that, despite my accomplishments and pride, I wasn't living a life at all. Rather, I was dead and in darkness without a relationship with the only one who is life, Jesus Christ.
I moved to Texas in August 2008 with no intention of following Christ. I abruptly, unintentionally and divinely attended the last Sunday service that December. As I arrived late and annoyed, the church people were lifting their hands and singing, "You bring restoration, hallelujah. You make all things new." I was immediately overcome by something indescribable and began to weep. The Lord completely broke me. That was the first time I felt the Holy Spirit, the first time the words of the Bible rang true, and the beginning of the only road that leads to life.
The next year I found myself addicted to the Word of God. I had a ceaseless drive and wanted to see and do as much as I could to learn about God. I didn't know or understand what happened to my heart or where these new feelings were coming from, but I was determined to get to the bottom of it all. In August I joined a home group amidst the beginning of a sinful relationship. Through God's beautiful and captivating grace, He used the women of my home group and that dark relationship to show me that, despite my best efforts, I was still a sinner in desperate need of Him.
At the end of 2009 the gospel had fully penetrated my heart, and I fully committed my life to the Lord. I began serving in Little Village and found my heart set on missions in Guatemala. The love of the Lord is a sea of beauty to me, and the gospel continually wrecks me as I am in constant need of His grace. I am completely undeserving to be plucked from a world of darkness, to be lavished with His grace and to be on mission for Him. Our beautiful, sovereign, mighty, merciful and just God really is the one true love of my life.
"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20
Hope for The Village Church
My hope for The Village is that we would be a church who passionately and faithfully pursues Christ. I want us to be known for our unfailing dedication to the Scriptures and bringing glory to God in all that we do.