Having grown up in northern California and enjoyed the geographic diversity, particularly the rivers, lakes and ocean, the desert was a hard sell for me and my family. However, God has taught us to be content here, and I can now say that we are truly grateful to live in and be a part of the Tucson community—the people, the mountains and, come on, the food—culinary distinctiveness awards! But, most of all, we are grateful to God for graciously bringing us to Redemption Tucson where we are continually challenged to live all of life, all for Jesus!
Allen and I were married in 1986 and God added two beautiful children, Melanie & Matthew, to our family in the early and mid 1990’s. That first child caused us to pause. I was brought up in (sort of) a different faith tradition and Allen with no faith traditions, and we began to question if/what faith tradition we would pass along to our children. By God’s grace, He led us to a small group Bible study where we learned about Him through His children—an incredible community of loving people. He no sooner rescued us then immediately moved us 1000 miles away from these new brothers and sisters in Christ. In His wisdom, He knew that each of us, in different ways, would need to learn to grow in our relationship, knowledge and dependence on Him.
In 2001, I resigned from my Air Force career and became a certified Infant Swimming Resource instructor and absolutely love teaching infants and young children self-rescue swimming skills and connecting with the families I meet. I also love adventuring with Allen on “off the grid” camping and boating expeditions, spending time with our adult children and friends, traveling, cooking/baking, and relaxing, with a book in my hand, on any beach!
I firmly believe that, as Christians, we are blessed to be a blessing, and I am passionate about loving our neighbors by serving them well, particularly in the areas of our “Close, Near and Far” ministries at Redemption Tucson. I am also passionate about my role in a soul care ministry at Redemption Tucson, which involves coming alongside women in the church, in grace and love, to encourage them in their physical, emotional, spiritual and relational health through studying God’s word and also equipping believers in the area of their God-given gifts.
Link to our Redemption Tucson outward focus ministry webpage here: http://tucson.redemptionaz.com/outward-focus/