I was born and raised in Niles, Michigan. I came to know Christ as my Savior when I was eight years of age. After finishing high school, I attended Liberty Baptist College in 1982. I graduated in 1986 with a B.S. In Psychology and a minor in Christian Counseling. Upon graduating from Liberty, my husband, Rich and I served in church ministry, primarily with teenagers, for over 18 years in the wonderful states of Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Washington. As a pastor's wife, I had the privilege to see God at work in many ways!
Rich and I have been married for 28 years. We have resided in Lynchburg since 2003. We have three adult children. Our son, Rich, has recently completed his Mdiv through Liberty and is ministering through his church and in the process of becoming an elder. Our daughter, Jenna, will graduate with a BS in Business from Liberty Online and has been a hairstylist for over four years. Our son, Ryan will graduate from High School and anticipates great things as he begins his studies at Liberty in the fall. We also have two sweet dogs, Buddy and Caramel who simply loved to be loved!
Since 2005 until 2012, I have worked in several capacities within the Office of Student Affairs, beginning as an Office Manager and leading to an Administrative Assistant. I then was transitioned to work as a Life Skills Coordinator organizing and facilitating large events and growth groups. I then moved into a Care Officer position from 2009-2012 and ministered to college students as a lay counselor on a weekly basis and on call in times of crisis. I have been actively involved as a group leader with the Women's Ministry through Thomas Road Baptist Church for almost ten years. My husband and I also open our home several times a semester to a large group of students who are seeking full time ministry. These areas of service have brought great joy and growth in my life.
Beginning in 2010 until present, I have had the privilege of being an Adjunct Professor through the Department of Psychology for undergraduate online courses in Christian Counseling. These courses have included (CCOU 201; 202; 301; 302; 304). Since 2001 until present, I have been an Adjunct Professor for Family and Consumer Sciences over various semesters. These courses have included (FACS 205 and FACS 455).
For Fall 2014, I look forward to creating and teaching a newly added course to the FACD major; FACS 470 – Internal Family Dynamics.
"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." (NIV)