I was saved and baptized when I was six years old. I lived a fairly straightforward (legalistic) Christian Life until I hit some very rocky times, and I walked away from the Lord and Church in 1978. I eventually re-dedicated my life in 1988 and discovered GRACE! My life has never been the same, and my life’s mission is for everyone to understand the Grace Jesus offers, both for Salvation and for living your life day today.
I am single and live in Mother-in-Law quarters with my son, Ken, his wife Tonya, and their twin 4½-year-old boys, Elijah and Josiah. Ken teaches gifted students at Selvedge Middle School and follows them on through high school as a counselor. My son Keith lives nearby and teaches science at Eureka High School. He teaches with as much of a God-driven curriculum as is allowed in public schools. My granddaughter, Katherine, is a junior at SEMO studying nursing. My son Doug and his wife Diane live in Troy, Missouri. He owns a construction company that mainly deals with rehabbing homes for disabled individuals. One more son, Ron, lives in Alpine, Texas, about 30 miles from Mexico. Ron is a computer engineer for Raytheon Corp. and has a 17-year-old son, Zach. Zach wants to go into the Air Force. I would say I am very blessed in the family department!
I have been a member of Concord for about 35 years. I enjoy the fellowship of like-minded believers at Concord Church. I enjoy teaching, leading a Life Group, and mostly I love feeling like I am a part of others, honoring God, and striving to make a difference in other people’s lives.
I have been in many leadership roles here at Concord, I am comfortable with that, and I bring experience to the team. The Advisory Board has a vital role in the direction that Concord is moving, and I bring a practical and supportive element to the team.
My favorite verse for my life now is Philippians 4:6-8. “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds everything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. One final thing: Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
If we, as believers, would all put that into practice, our lives would be much more satisfying, and we would demonstrate to the world that God has made a difference in our lives.
A strength I bring to the Advisory Council is experience. I also demonstrate discernment and conviction in the team to look at all sides of any situation. As well, I have profound respect and commitment to our Pastor and Concord.
I am happy doing what God wants me to do, and I do not want to be anywhere He has not ordained.