I was born and raised in the coalfields of southern West Virginia. I was not raised in a Christian household. Instead, it was through a neighbor who invited me to church that I first started to attend. I first accepted Christ in the third grade but it wasn't until I met my husband that I made a full commitment to Christ and began my relationship with Him.
It also was through my husband's new job that we made our way to Fort Wayne. We have been here for 19 years. We have two beautiful children – a 22-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son.
I have been involved in children's ministry for 18 years either as a teacher, volunteer or director. I have tried many times to leave and do something else, but God makes it clear to me each time that this is where he wants me to use my gifts. My biggest reason is that I want to help children find Jesus and start a relationship with Him -- just like my neighbor helped me do 41 years ago by a simple invitation to come to church. God has never given up on me since.
I love children and love to find creative ways to help them learn about the Bible and Jesus. I love puppets and I love costumes! If I can find a way to use them both in a lesson, it is pure joy!
Working out is my happy place. I also love to write and have made that my career.