- ANYTHING coffee-flavored – it is the fuel on which mothers function
- Crafting and creating homemade gifts/cards for others/baked goods
- Hiking and exploring Washington’s great outdoors, it is unlike any other state to live in
- Cool evening drive in a pickup with the windows down
- Watching all baking competitions ever filmed!
- Hosting parties and events in my home (when we have a home big enough for that, lol)
I grew up in the midwest with my parents and three sisters. My parents always attempted to surround our home with prayer and the truths of the Bible. I accepted Christ into my life at the age of six after waking my mom in the middle of the night and telling her I needed Jesus! I don’t know how awake she was (we laugh about that to this day) but she knelt down with me while I prayed that night.
Growing up I always had a heart for both children and ministry. I spent several years as a daycare infant lead, and Nanny to twins. At that point in my life I had surrendered as a missionary to Togo West Africa. I was committed to teaching English in schools there, but God’s plans were much different. I left for college in CA after graduating High School, where I met my husband, Caleb. We dated a few years, moved states and Caleb finished his degree while we served as youth leaders for Simi Church.When Caleb graduated we moved to Spanaway, WA to take on the role of youth pastor (him, not me, although I did write a few of his sermons).
The next 3.5 years we served alongside an amazing staff and saw God move in the youth ministry in ways only God could. We learned so much about ministry first hand. I used to say I NEVER wanted to work with teens because I didn’t understand that confusing age myself, much less help others adjust to adulthood well. My mindset quickly changed as we built relationships and now I can honestly say the youth of today put me to shame with their open conversations about God, their own insecurities, and the way they worship. I believe the young people of today have a huge potential to reach this world for the gospel as never before.
In fall of 2019 I stopped working full time as we welcomed our daughter, Aletheia into the world! Early 2020 we knew that God had shifted things into a direction of moving on, but didn’t know where that desire was leading. We visited Citylight Seattle with the intention of a weekend away for our anniversary in February. It was only one service and coffee with Jon, but we left that weekend knowing something had changed. Through many answered prayers in the next few months, God made it abundantly clear that Seattle would be our new home. Finding an apartment, making enough money, and getting everything settled in Seattle (during a pandemic) was not easy, but God really did open doors to make it happen.We are excited to work hand in hand with believers that value the Gospel and share the love of Christ daily in their words and actions to this city. May Christ be honored by those who come along beside us in the same pursuit to live for him.