Joanna Littler

Joanna Littler

Deacon

Life Story

I grew up in a Christian home and was very involved in church. I believed in Jesus and had a relationship with Him that started in 7th grade at FCA, and I was mentored, loved and discipled by older and wiser men and women who loved the Lord.

When I went off to college and for several years following, I rebelled. I was seeking all the wrong things and cared little about the Lord. At times, I would still attend church to check it off my list of things to do, but no area of my life bore any spiritual fruit. During this time, my parents and several others were praying for me and several friends confronted me about the way I was living. I was not immediately ready to hear them out and turn my life back around, but over months of their faithful prayers, the Lord revealed Himself to me in many different ways. I hit the bottom of myself and finally asked the questions, "What am I doing?" and, "Why am I running?" I was seeking the pleasures of the world and staying away from church and other believers because I knew the things that I was doing were wrong, and I felt shame and regret.

I began dating my husband, Rudy, after college, and he was the final piece of the puzzle that God used to draw me back to Himself. Rudy was a godly man who loved the Lord and loved me, despite knowing all of my flaws and the mistakes I had made in the past. I was continually reminded that the Lord loves broken people, that He loves to use them for His glory and that there were people who would also love and cherish me, though I was far from perfect.

We were married in January of 2009 and have been blessed with two children, Baylee and Liam. They keep life exciting and fun and remind us of the simple pleasures of life. We are Covenant Members of The Village Church’s Southlake campus and have been attending The Village since before we were married. The Lord led us to open a pediatric therapy clinic—Beelieve Pediatric Therapy—in North Fort Worth, so I now spend a lot of my time seeking to help other children become the best that they can be, while also loving and encouraging their parents each time I get to see them.

Hope for The Village Church

My hope for The Village is that we would be a people that love all people—no matter their background, race or what they have to offer. I believe that by loving and serving people well, we can reach others with the gospel of Christ and share the good news of Jesus.