I grew up in Dallas, Texas. My mother worked in the music department of our church and my dad was an usher. My brother and I were taken to church every Sunday and Wednesday. I accepted Christ at a retreat when I was in junior high school, but did not understand what it meant to have a relationship with God.
In college, through Campus Crusade (now known as Cru) I learned what it meant to have a relationship with God, how to study the Bible and disciple others. After spending a year in Hungary with Cru, God sparked in me a desire for ministry and missions. In the years that followed, I started volunteering in youth ministry at a local church, traveled to Italy on a mission trip and graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary. God used all of this to take me to Italy where I spent five years in Bologna, building relationships and sharing my faith.
I met my husband, DJ, in 2012 when I was back in Dallas for six months after four years away. I went back to Bologna for another six months during which time DJ came to visit and proposed. I moved back to Texas and we got married in May 2013. We have three married, adult daughters and nine grandkids.
Before joining Soul Care’s team, I was a volunteer for five years, mentoring and leading Thrive groups as well as Soul Care’s specialty groups. I now get to be a part of the bigger picture on staff through leading leaders and bringing more Christ Chapelites into the incredible work I have witnessed of people making breakthroughs in Soul Care groups.
For fun, I love to cook, especially Italian food. My husband and I enjoy taking our dog, Harli, to the Trinity Trails when the weather is nice. My grandkids bring joy to my heart and I am grateful to have one of them close by who we get to see on a regular basis.