Called to follow God
Ministry is a second career for me; one that I believe for which God has prepared me throughout my life. Though I recognized a call to ministry at a young age, I chose to raise a family before pursuing full-time ordained ministry. While I raised that family, I worked in the technology industry and grew in my love for God and neighbor by teaching and leading others in the local church.
Start in Ministry
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Texas at Dallas and a Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology, SMU. Besides my lay leadership in the local church, I have also served Holy Covenant UMC in Carrollton as an Intern Pastor, FUMC Sherman as an Associate Pastor, and FUMC Jacksboro as the Pastor.
Other Information about Me
My husband of nearly 40 years, Kelly, is my partner in life and ministry. Kelly is a graduate of Texas A&M University and an engineering consultant in the Oil and Gas industry. He is called to servant ministry and serves faithfully alongside me. Both of us were raised in small towns and enjoy our life in county seat communities.
We have two grown daughters and three grandchildren. Amber and her husband, Arturo, live in Carrollton and they are the parents of four years old Parker. Amber is a firefighter and Arturo is a police officer. Our younger daughter, Tori, is an insurance agent in Frisco. She is the mother of Jonathan (13) and Sophia (7). Together, we enjoy finding fun in the chaos of life.
Kelly and I like to drink coffee in the morning watching the wild life while camping in our RV. I enjoy spending time with friends and grandkids, quilting, and walking along side others as they grow in their love for God and neighbor. Kelly enjoys hunting his golf ball in the rough and watching Premier League Soccer (he a Manchester City fan). We both look forward to getting to know each of you and your passions in life.
FUMC Decatur and the Community
I am excited for Decatur and Wise County. I have been in communities where increased population and growth are occurring. For people concerned with the spiritual health and well being of others, I know this church and other churches must remain aware that there are many who are searching for a place to experience God’s grace. I think this church has been such a place for more than 150 years. Our Biblical grounding, not to mention our understanding of our need to love God and neighbor, along with our experiences and respect of tradition, will serve God and this community for years to come. I believe we will continue to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and our community.
Challenging all members at First UMC Decatur
I am eager to learn what God has in store for us as we continue to be the presence of Christ in Wise County. I would be honored to meet you personally and perhaps drink a cup of coffee with you if you want to get to know me better!