I grew up in Cynthiana, Kentucky, and was (and still am) part of an extremely close and tight-knit family. My childhood was full of movie quotes, the sound of my brother or father drumming, and a house always open to friends. My parents always modeled a welcoming home environment very well, including having several of either my friends or my brother’s friends live with us at different times for various home life reasons. I hope to continue and personally model this kind of hospitality to others throughout my own life.
My family was always very active in the church growing up, and I always strived to be a “good Christian girl”. However, my relationship with Christ became very real to me in 2016 when I realized I wanted to serve Christ with my life no matter what. I began to see the sin in my life differently and understand grace in a new, life-changing way. I have experienced quite a lot of change since this time, including a broken engagement, familial death, and multiple new beginnings. Through the challenges and brokenness each of these seasons have brought, I have been blessed to experience the reality of the promise of Psalm 34:18 in my life: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” I have been shown what it is to lose a heart idol and how painful it is to rebuild your life on Solid Ground after the house has fallen due to the sand it was planted on. The Lord has been so gracious to remove several idols and teach me how much more satisfying it is to rely on Him alone.
I was led to GFC through a wonderful family I was connected to while attending Cincinnati State for my Associate’s in interpreting. I have been so blessed by their friendship and have made some of my favorite memories of living in Northern Kentucky while living in their home. I began attending GFC with them once I moved in and it was love at first sight! I had never been to a church like GFC before, and have been so blessed by its people. In serving alongside its staff and leaders, I am continually blown away by their wisdom, humility, and passion.
In my spare time, I love to dance (especially salsa, but any kind will do) and going to the movies with a bunch of friends (preferably a Marvel Comic, Disney, Harry Potter related, or action/comedy movie). I also enjoy the sound of running water and am completely enchanted by waterfalls and the idea of mermaids.
Hope for GFC
I pray that the Deaf Ministry at Grace will build unity and relationship between deaf and hearing individuals at Grace – not only for our Deaf numbers to grow, but also for this normally unseen people group to be loved on by our own flock. Along with this, I hope to see the church body continue to grow in serving, sacrificing, and living out the difficult yet gracious truth we hear about each week among our community.