Founder/Author of The Philippians 4 Project
Current: College student at North Central University in Minneapolis Minnesota, pursuing bachelor’s degree in Biblical and Theological Studies.
Past Careers: I started working when I was a teenager doing corn de-tasseling. If you don’t know what that job is, be happy. It was hard work. I went into the military right out of high school and spent three years serving in the US Army. I was a stay-at-home mom for many years, and then joined the high stakes, high adventure world of call center management. I worked in call centers for about 20 years before laying down my headset for good.
Family: My husband and I have been married for 35+ years. In that time we’ve been blessed with five really fun children who make us laugh all the time and bring us great joy. We’re at a lovely place in life when we see our family expanding as our children find their loves and start having children of their own. We have 2 super sweet grandchildren that we don’t see nearly often enough because they live on the other side of the country.
Hobbies: I’m an extreme gardener trying to scale back to “normal” gardening. We sit on a two-acre lot we’re trying to mostly naturalize with native prairie grasses and wildflowers. We love to go camping, fishing, and occasionally trek through the woods. A favorite activity is to go with a daughter to look for Lady Slippers when they are in bloom. Needlework, crocheting, sewing projects I’m slow to finish fill the winter months.
Mission: My mission and purpose is to point people to Jesus. If there’s anything I’ve come to know for sure, it’s that Jesus can transform lives today. We tend to think too narrowly about God such as, “when I die I want assurances I will go to heaven”. However, relationship with God is continuous. It starts the day you come to believe on him, and never ends. We don’t have to wait until we die to get to know our Maker. He stands at every person’s door and knocks, waiting to be let in.
Ministry: My heart is to help people who battle anxiety or who are working on recovery from trauma to find wholeness through Jesus. I have a special heart for couples that are recovering from the trauma of infidelity. It’s a unique kind of trauma that can take people out at the knees, and seeks to destroy families all around the world. But, thanks be to God, we can be made whole again, no matter what kind of trauma we’ve experienced when we put ourselves in God’s loving care. “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 NLT)
Accomplishments: I have a some accomplishments that make me smile when they cross my mind. I won a competition in the military that earned me “Soldier of the Year” on our small base in Germany; the first time this base awarded it to a woman. I was the first female solder to be stationed at a remote fixed site in the German theater, in 1986 — something that didn’t happen without a push. When I worked in Kentucky in a call center, a member of my team nominated me for the honor of Kentucky Colonel. It was in response to feeling valued and respected because of the work culture I fostered. I feel really proud to be a Kentucky Colonel. And, my sloppy joe recipe was featured one day on The Dr. Oz show in 2012 — that was super cool.
Speaking Engagement Opportunities: Please contact me by email at email@example.com to discuss inviting me to speak to your organization. I’d be delighted to talk through these opportunities to learn if I can be of service to you.
God bless you!