“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7
I was raised in Columbus, Ohio by a single mom and my grandparents. From an early age, the Lord drew me to himself. My grandmother was an artist who brought beauty into everything she did, and she absolutely poured her life into us. My grandfather was a professor at OSU, and I am told he was quite an influential thinker in the field of Sociology. However, to me, he was my hero and the one who delighted in me. My mom is still the great optimist, and no one can take the wind out of her sails. She still sees the best in each of her children. I believe that the Lord uses the families he placed us in to continue the good work he began in us. Today, as a wife and mother of five children, I see now more than ever how powerful the influence of family is in our lives, as well as God’s great redemptive power in all of these relationships. He is our good and perfect Father.
My husband Brian and I live in Madison Heights on a 6 acre farm with our five children and many animals. We met in Chicago while he was in Seminary at Trinity and I was getting my undergraduate degree, a B.S. in Education and Social Policy, at Northwestern University. We originally came to Lynchburg from Chicago in 1995 and we served as the youth pastors for 10 years at Grace Evangelical Free Church. We then felt called to begin a ministry called Cuirim Outreach, which is an Irish monastery in the slums of Nogales, Mexico. We left Virginia to begin this work, and now we spend our summers in Nogales and travel back and forth for trips throughout the year. I have homeschooled our children for 12 years now. Our oldest son is headed to college, and our youngest daughter is headed to Onward for Kindergarten. I have taught art for several years. I was with Homefront Educators for 6 years, I currently teach at the Academy Center for Fine arts and now also with Onward. I also do women’s art retreats and classes. I love to teach others how art is a means of worship and understanding who our great God and Father is and how we can use our creative expressions to glorify him. This past year I taught Spanish to high school and middle school students. I am looking forward to teaching Spanish and Art this year at Onward.