I grew up in the church and came to know the Lord at a young age. While my salvation was genuine, the “joy of my salvation” felt stale. When I was 18, the Lord brought me to The Village and began a beautiful journey of deepening my faith. Over the last 16 years, the Lord used sermons, Bible studies, the Training Program, and godly men and women to reveal His good character in depths I had not known. I began to understand the story of Scripture as a whole: the Lord’s cohesive redemptive plan, the Lord’s good and unchanging character, the ugliness of sin, the beauty of the atoning work of Christ, the comfort of the Holy Spirit, and the hope of the resurrection to come. As my biblical literacy grew, so did my love and affection for Christ.
I am married to my husband Tyler, a faithful and wonderful man of God. We have three children: Peyton, Coleman, and Addison. For 14 years, I have had a career in the newborn nursery. I have had the privilege to serve local families on their greatest day of joy and their greatest day of sorrow. I would have never anticipated that the deepest sorrow of my career would soon be my own personal suffering.
In October 2020, just four days before my scheduled induction date, my daughter Addison unexpectedly passed away. Through my deepest suffering, the Lord has never left my side. My prayer was to know Him as Emmanuel: God with us. In my darkest of days, I have known Him as Isaiah 9:6 describes: “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Through suffering, I began to know the Lord as my Father and not just my God. I have learned that the Lord is who He says He is: The father of compassion, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love, near to the brokenhearted, saving those crushed in spirit and giving us new mercies every morning. Emmanuel, God with us. Praise the Lord.
Hope for The Village Church
My hope is that we would be marked by deep faith, biblical literacy, and the fruit of the Spirit. May we be lights in the darkness that lift eyes to the hope of Christ.