I was blessed to be born into a Christian home, to parents who loved me unconditionally and who faithfully taught my brother, sister, and I about God. We were in church every time the doors were open, and I can’t remember ever not knowing that Jesus came to die for my sins. When I was 7 years old, I decided to put my trust in Jesus, and my mom helped me to pray for salvation. Although I was young and still had a lot to learn about following Jesus, I believe that God saved me that night, and began working in my heart to sanctify me and draw me nearer to Him. I had a happy childhood, in which God was faithfully growing my understanding of Him and the Bible. But I struggled with perfectionism, thinking that I could earn my faith by being a “good Christian.” I thought that Christianity could be best summarized as a list of rules, and I followed those rules pretty well.
At a D-Now weekend in my junior year of high school, the truth of the gospel fully penetrated my heart, and I began to understand that following Jesus is more about a relationship with Him than following a bunch of do’s and don’ts. I had already trusted Jesus as my Savior, but I was overwhelmed by the love of Christ and the weight of His sacrifice. Possibly for the first time, I understood that the only right response to the gospel was obedience, and I surrendered my life, desires, and plans to God.
After high school, I felt God leading me to Oklahoma Baptist University. During my time at OBU, God graciously directed (and redirected) my plans for my life and proved Himself to be faithful and trustworthy. He surrounded me with people who showed me what it looks like to follow Jesus and encouraged me in obedience to Him. The last few years of my life have been marked by God’s constant faithfulness, as He has drawn me deeper into relationship with Him and called me to greater obedience. Since graduating from OBU, God has increased my desire to be a part of what He is doing to make disciples in our area.
Hope for The Village Church
My hope for The Village is that we would be a people who boldly proclaim the truth of the gospel and demonstrate the grace of Christ in everything we do.