As a child, I loved words. I loved writing them, I loved reading them, and I really loved saying them. Under “areas for improvements,” my report card usually said, “Talks too much.”
Words have been a significant part of my life. As a nurse, I loved empowering patients by teaching them self-care. As an Administrative Director of Psych Services, I mentored lots of staff. As a Professor of Religion, most of my time was spent teaching young adults who were passionate about learning and growth. As a psychotherapist, coaching is a big part of my work with clients. As a minister, I delight in preaching the transforming Word.
Now, God had given me the responsibility and joy of writing words for Him through the book, Ministering Hope to the Hurting Heart: a Guide for Christians (2013), It was written in eight weeks – God’s miracle. Another book about Jesus and the Gospel women is in progress. I am blessed to share words as an international speaker in all kinds of venues with people in a variety of faith traditions. Supporting people to learn and grow through teaching is personal mission statement. God has surely given me the desires of my heart.
I live in the Chattanooga, TN area with my husband who is the kindest man I know, and my biggest cheerleader. We have three amazing red-headed sons, three lovely daughters-in-love, seven brilliant grandchildren, three granddaughters-in-love, and five darling great-grandsons. In my “down time” I love playing the piano, singing, Sudoku, and reading.
10 Random Things About Me
1) I am retired, but not really. I write and teach and preach. I delight in God’s ministry for me.
2) I’m the middle kid of three sisters, smack in the middle of a fifteen year spread.
3) My major in college was nursing. Years later I got my BA in Applied Behavioral Sciences. Next, I earned my Masters in Social Work and then came Seminary. I love to learn.
4) My husband and I met in our senior year of high school at South Lancaster Academy. We dated off and on for four years before we were married. He worked hard for me!
5) I’ve had a number of careers: RN, pastor’s wife, Administrative Director of Psychiatric Services, Owner and Clinician of a psychotherapy practice, College Campus Chaplain, Professor of Religion and Psychology, pastor, speaker, and author.
6) I’m an Army brat. I moved seventeen times by the time I was seventeen. I lived in Augsburg, Germany from age five to nine.
7) I have practiced psychotherapy as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over twenty-five years.
8) I love British mysteries – Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple and Poirot, Mrs. Bradley, and oh, Murder She Wrote was my favorite television series for ages. I don’t like to see the crime; I just like solving the mystery of “who done it.”
9) Fruit is my favorite food group.
Statement of Faith
- I believe in one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a unity of three eternal Persons.
- I believe in the death of Jesus Christ on Calvary as the atoning sacrifice for my sins, and believe that through faith in His shed blood I am saved from sin and its penalty.
- I believe Jesus Christ is my personal Savior, and believe that God, for Christ’s sake, has forgiven my sins and given me a new heart.
- I believe that Christ is my intercessor in the heavenly sanctuary and I claim His promise to strengthen me by His indwelling Spirit, so that I may receive power to do His will.
- I believe the Bible is God’s inspired Word, and that it constitutes the only rule of faith and practice for the Christian.
- I accept the Ten Commandments as still binding upon Christians and it is my purpose by the power of the indwelling Christ, to keep this law.
- I believe that my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and I will honor God by caring for it.
- I believe men and women are created equal in the image of God.
- I believe all humanity is now involved in a great controversy between Christ and Satan regarding the character of God, His law, and His sovereignty over the universe.
- I look forward to the soon coming of Jesus as the blessed hope in my heart. I am determined to be ready and to help others to be ready for His glorious appearing.
- I believe God Himself will dwell with His people, and suffering and death will pass away. The great controversy will end, and sin will be no more. All things, animate and inanimate, will declare that God is love.