I am excited to serve Northwest Bible Church as Communications Director. I joined Northwest's incredible team in June 2016 after over 20 years in nonprofit communications, including Christian higher education, AgapeFest Christian music festival, Operation Blessing U.S. Disaster Relief, Hope Shows (prison ministry) and additional consulting projects in digital PR, brand management and event production. I am "Mom" to three of my favorite men, "Mom-in-Law" to an amazing daughter-in-law and "Birdie" to one beautiful granddaughter.
I grew up in the church, accepting Jesus as my Savior and Lord at a young age. My faith was fed by an amazing youth group experience at Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, followed by four years as a student at Greenville College. While in college, life broke with the loss of a significant relationship. Unable to process the pain well, I lived under an undiagnosed cloud of depression for ten years, during which time I was married, birthed three sons and was divorced. I have spent the last twenty years loving my family, honing my craft in the field of nonprofit communications and attending to what God wants to teach me about pain, truth, brokenness, trust, hope, healing, love and restoration. My journey with God has grown in me a passion for helping others embrace and reinterpret their brokenness through the lens of Scripture, a passion deeply rooted in the desire to facilitate hope in those around me.
In addition to connecting with my sons and their growing families, I love to bike (the kind you pedal), read, watch NCIS/FBI/CIA TV-related series and I'm easily persuaded to gather with a group of girls for a good chick flick. I love to walk with God along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay, hike with Him in the Boise foothills, bike with Him around the Great Lakes and ski with Him in the Colorado Rockies. I bleed St. Louis Cardinals red and any color Peyton Manning is wearing (yes, I'm still in denial over his retirement).
I believe hope returns when we "remember this one thing: The Lord's unfailing love and mercy still continue, fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise," (Lamentations 3:21-23 GNT); hope will not disappoint us, "because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us" (Romans 5:5); and, that the God of hope will fill us "with all joy and peace as we trust in him, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit" (Romans 15:13 NIV).