Born in New Orleans and raised in a military family, I have always been a bit of a gypsy. As a college student I planted myself at Louisiana State University for 4 years, where I started a forever changing relationship with the God of the Bible.  With the help of friends, a wonderful mentor, and a faithful mom, I began to discover the God who created me, rescued me from my moral sickness and called me to a life surrendered to His purposes.

The next ten years included full time vocational ministry with parachurch ministries where I learned to live in His care as a single woman raising and working on financial ministry support.  No two days were the same.  No two paychecks where the same.  I had a deep longing for marriage, but with every passing year, it looked as though God’s plan for my life would exclude the fulfillment of this desire.

This would become perhaps the most fruitful lesson of my life.  Can I love life if even my deepest longings go unfulfilled? God’s answer… Yes.

By the age of thirty, I found myself living in New Orleans again, training medical students to engage their world with the gospel and taking a few seminary classes with an ever growing desire to teach.  Then the unthinkable.  Hurricane Katrina landed on my front doorstep.  My ministry to medical students shifted to serving my beloved city in disaster relief work.  Gutting homes and praying with residents became my daily existence.  Life started from scratch.  No income. No school.  No certainty.  Still, no husband.  Only two things were certain… God’s faithfulness was not in question and I was not alone.

The winds of Katrina blew my course the southern California and a seminary degree in philosophy and ethics at Talbot School of Theology.  These were glorious years of discovering the richness of God’s creation and character. It was here that I discovered my passion for apologetics and how this branch of ministry was actually not a branch at all. Worldview equipping is the foundation of reflecting the Gospel and making disciples in this generation.

Then an offer for a PhD program in philosophy led me to Tennessee.  Thirty five, still single, and I was just beginning to discover how my life intersected God’s plan for His world.  It was here, at the foothills of the smoky mountains, I would meet my husband.  Andy was unexpected and challenging.  Did I want to give up the life God had taught me to love?  Marriage, once believed to be the easiest decision I would ever make, became the hardest and best.  Over the next 10 years, I would know the goodness of God in the birth of our daughter and the two difficult miscarriages that followed.

I would also come to learn the irony of God, when he called me to join the staff of a local church.  I never thought I would work for a church.  After all, as I told my husband, “Churches don’t make disciples… they build buildings.”  

Over the next decade, God would laugh as I ate my words, learning to shepherd people in their hurts and joys. Learning how to help believers develop a faith deep enough for the world in which we live. Learning the counseling work of pastor and the equipping work of a trainer. Learning how to shepherd my own daughter, love my husband and connect with my neighbors. This rich and challenging season was where I got a practical degree in walking as a women commissioned to lead inside of a local church culture.

So, here I am, still learning, growing, partnering with God in His work. These days I enjoy helping others discover a winsome faith in a conflicted world. Together we can be a reflection of His goodness, truth, and beauty in the world, no matter where we are.