Rachel Joy

Rachel Joy

Deacon

Life Story

I was born in Brenham, Texas, in 1983. My mom and dad knew of God but did not have a relationship with Him. Dad climbed the corporate ladder, leading us to move 13 times over the course of my childhood. Although I would not have known it then, my parents were in a consistent cycle of discontentment in their careers, with friends, and in their marriage which led to dysfunction in their relationships with my brother and I.

By God's grace, even as a little girl, I knew there was a God and prayed to Him every night. I knew to pray to Him because my grandmother would read her Bible every morning on her porch. My mom ended up accepting a job at a small Methodist church, and our family began attending church when we could on the weekends. Motivated by “the right thing to do” mentality, my mom signed me up for a mission trip to Mexico. The trip was incredible, and I realized that God’s love crossed language and cultural barriers. I also realized that I did not have a relationship with Jesus, so I decided to commit my life to Christ. I came home and told my parents of the decision I made, and by God's grace, they became believers soon after.

Up through high school and college, I struggled to know how to follow Christ and study His Word. I had body image issues which led to an eating disorder and pill popping. The summer after my freshman year of college, I had a serious eating disorder and a string of broken dating relationships. I was tired and desperate for a breakthrough. That summer, I signed up to be a counselor at a summer camp, and I realized my passion for ministry and gained perspective on my sin and a new purpose outside myself. I also met Trevor that summer. Knowing my propensity to find my worth in someone or something outside of God, I told him no when he asked me on a date.

Back at school during the fall, after waiting and seeking wisdom, Trevor and I began dating. He was like no one I had ever dated before. He was on fire for the Lord and such a leader. I was smitten to say the least and so challenged by his love and faith in Jesus. After dating for three years, we got married. We now have four beautiful children, and it is one of the greatest joys of my life to run alongside Trevor as my partner in parenting and ministry.

Hope for The Village Church

My hope is that we would be a place that loves God with all our heart, soul, and mind, knows and does the Word of God, and loves our neighbor well.