My passion is teaching God’s Word as a “How To” manual.
I learned to explain complex theology in simple, relatable terms by inviting neighbors of all ages and faith backgrounds to a women’s Bible study in my home. My words are rooted in ancient Scripture yet rich in modern application to help women discover lasting hope during difficult days—then share it with a neighbor.
I speak on a variety of topics to help women flourish in their own homes. My speaking and teaching are appropriate for multi-denominational, multi-generational audiences. Because of my experience with my neighbors in my own home, I am accustomed to teaching women from Baptist, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Catholic, Vineyard, Presbyterian, Nazarene, Church of Christ and Church of God churches as well as non-denominational congregations – but my heart is closest to the wondering or wandering.
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I married my elementary school sweetheart in 1990 and we have an adult daughter who lives up to her “lively” name. In 2015, we moved from Ohio to a precious mountain town in the the High Rockies of Colorado. We actually live on a dude and guest ranch – come visit us! We rescued our holy dog, who loves his unsaintly cat brother. We’re Florida’s youngest snowbirds and are blessed to spend winters on the Nature Coast.
When asked to describe my religious background, I once replied: “Pagan!” Because I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Ministry, I know a pagan is defined as someone who does not acknowledge God. But because I lived like a pagan for 20 years, I remember how I hardened my heart like a stone and stopped up my ears so I would not hear the Lord’s voice. He stopped up my ears, too, and during a struggle with hearing loss I finally returned to my sweet Savior.
I led a neighborhood Bible study called The Neighborhood Café in our home and teach other women across the country and around the world how to do the same. My book, How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird, provides even more practical tools, prayerful encouragement and powerful inspiration so you can embrace the people God has carefully placed around your home—the best place for forming new friendships and deepening old ones.
My husband and I helped plant Life Church Ohio, where I also served on staff for over four years. I oversaw communication, website and systems management, social media, small group leadership and development, ministry development, women’s ministry and occasionally cleaning toilets or whatever else needed to be done! My husband and I run a tech company with a great team of people who provide business consulting and online solutions for entrepreneurial companies. I lead an incredible Women’s Ministry Team at ClearView Community Church in Buena Vista, Colorado, and am chairperson of the annual BV Strong Community Dinner – a gathering of 3,600 people down the middle of our majestic Main Street!
How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird was published by Bethany House is 2015.
In 2021 I completed the Book Proposal Bootcamp with Lysa TerKeurst, Meredith Brock, and my Writing Coach, Glynnis Whitwer, all of Proverbs 31 Ministries. The working title of my book proposal is This. Changes. Everything. How to Turn Uncertain Times into a Surprisingly Hopeful New Normal. It is about transforming uncertain seasons of suffering into a surprising new normal full of hope and purpose through a study of 1 Peter. Inquire here. In this book the reader will:
- Transform fear and confusion into hope and purpose using a prayer that never fails
- End the uncertainty of wavering between hopeless fears and hopeful fantasies by setting her hope fully on God’s faithfulness
- Make sense of pain that seems endless and pointless when she understands God’s timing and purpose
- Apply five simple and effective coping strategies to create her own “new normal” when her world is turned upside down
- Shed the shame of past mistakes as she learns to share her story for God’s glory
As a ten-time graduate and speaker coach at Proverbs 31 Ministries’ She Speaks Conference, I credit these amazing women with equipping and inspiring me. I have written for various guest blogs such as at WomensMinistry.net, a service of Jennifer Rothschild Ministries, about community building, leadership and releasing women into ministry. I have also been featured in The Engagement Project (Del Tackett, 2020), All God’s Creatures (Guideposts, 2019 and 2020), and Every Day with Jesus (Guideposts, 2018). God has opened doors for me to share this incredible experiment in loving my neighbors at Focus on the Family and FamilyLife Today, and churches, conferences and retreats throughout the US.