A FEW FUN FACTS
Favorite Coffee: Half-Moon with 2 shots of vanilla from Summermoon Coffee
Enneagram: 4 with a 3-wing
Wedding Color: Royal Blue
Exercise: Swimming, Spin Classes
Music: Christian Contemporary/Alternative with a tiny splash of rap
Movies: Action/Adventure/Fantasy - the more special effects, the better
Hobbies/Interests: Piano, Singing, Crochet
Favorite Book of the Bible: Whatever I’m studying right now
Yeah..that’s the undercurrent of my life. Everywhere I turn, I see God putting his truth on display, in the everyday moments and the dramatic, mind-blowing ones. The more I dig around in the Scriptures, the more treasures I find, the more I see them played out in the real world we live in, and the more I love to share them with others.
My ministry life began as a small group leader in a women’s Bible study, and winds all the way through a decade of senior church staff positions at Austin Oaks Church. Nine of those years were spent as the Women’s Director, writing and teaching Bible studies, planning events, walking with women through the ups and downs of life. Licensed by our denomination, the EFCA, I had the privilege of serving multiple generations, from college-aged and young professionals through octogenerians and seasoned veterans in the faith. Through those experiences, God birthed in me a passion for all women to find their identity in God alone, to know him intimately through the Scriptures, and to find the joy-filled life he offers in Jesus.
For six of those years, I organized and hosted the BRAVE Women’s Conference in Austin, Texas, inviting other ministries to partner with Austin Oaks Church and encourage women to engage fearlessly in the culture we live in. We tackled issues like leadership, mental health, sexuality, engaging in politics, self-care and sabbath, parenting, marriage…if it matters to women in real life, we went there! Fourteen ministries from churches and para-church organizations gathered under the BRAVE banner, and we formed deep sisterly bonds that continue to outlive the conference.
I also served short stints as the Small Groups Director and the Communications Director at Austin Oaks Church, and at one point, held all three Director titles at the same time. I loved writing curriculum and devotionals for our congregation, and broadcasting the message of our local church as far and wide as I could. Austin Oaks is my spiritual home, and though I’m no longer on staff, my family and I continue to worship and serve in this local body.
During my tenure on staff at Austin Oaks Church, I wrote nine Bible studies for our women, studies which I’m now bringing to the public as quickly as I can get them updated and ready. I’m out on my own now, but I continue to study and write about God’s Word, and speak about what I learn to anyone who will listen.
I live in Leander, Texas, just north of Austin, with my husband Derry. We’ve got 25 years of married life under our belts, and he’s promised me a minimum of 80, so we’ve got plenty more to go. Our daughter, Liana, attends college at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and our son, Devin, is a senior in high school this year. All too soon, it will be down to just us and our fuzzy children (two cats and a dog) at home.
Derry and I met at the University of Texas, and he introduced me to Jesus in 1992. I graduated from UT with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Government. We still root for our Longhorns (hook ‘em!) and love the city where God has planted us and raised our family. This is, after all, the home of the Tex-Mex, queso, and all things weird!