I grew up in a normal middle class family with two brothers and a sister. My parents loved and followed Jesus but I drifted away. At the age of 20 I had a traumatic life-altering event when my brother was killed in a car accident. This shook my world. I tried to grab on to all that the world had to offer but it only crumbled beneath me. Through these circumstances, the “Hound of Heaven” cornered me and showed me how much he loved me. From there, the lights came on, the Bible came alive, and my hunger for spiritual things grew immensely. From there I completed a yearlong discipleship school, spent two years with Operation Mobilization in England, and then returned to the U.S. where through a series of events, I served as a pastor in Wisconsin for 11 years. In July of 2015, God called me to Derwood Alliance Church where I am excited to be in an area that reflects God’s heart for the nations and to be leading an incredible staff and gathering of people who believe that God wants to transform lives, empower them with his Spirit and launch us on mission.
My wife Nami, who is from South Korea, and I have been married for 11 years and have 4 beautiful children.
On a more formal level, I have a B.S. in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute and a Masters degree from Columbia International University.
Craziest Food Ever Eaten: Dog (Don’t ask but he wasn’t your pet)
Favorite Hobby: Spending time with my wife and children, watching the Green Bay Packers, working out, watching extreme sports and pretending that I am still young.
Favorite Vacation Spot: The Beach – Bring on the sun, sea and sand!
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MINISTRIES
I have been a planner since I was a little girl growing up in the Great State of Kansas. When I was twelve years old, I placed my faith in Jesus, to be my Forgiver and Leader. At that point, I didn't stop having plans for my life, it's just that the plans became what I thought was the Christian version. When I was twenty-two, a number of hard things unfolded in my life that I hadn't planned, and some of the people and the places that had been part of my plan were gone. Jesus met me in a fresh way at that point in my journey, and has walked with me through a career in occupational therapy, a master's degree from Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, New York, years of working in both healthcare and church ministry, and years of full time ministry between Pennsylvania and Maryland. I'm loving this leg of the journey, and being part of a diverse, authentic Biblical community in the thick of what God is doing in Montgomery County.
Craziest Food Ever Eaten: bashimi (raw horsemeat sushi)
Favorite Hobby: a great story in any form (storytelling, reading, movies)
Favorite Vacation Spot: a place I haven't been before (I love exploring new places, especially if they are cultural or historical.)
DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP MINISTRIES
I came to know the Lord when I was six years old. I am from Nicaragua and was separated from my parents for six years due to war and political unrest in my country. My faith in God was strengthened in my formative years. In the US, his grace continued to shine in my life as he helped me deal with the obstacles that were created from being separated from my parents and having to learn to live in a new country. He has been with me every step of the way and his work is always tangible.
I met my wife, Erica, at Nyack College and we now have two beautiful daughters, Tahlia and Elyse.
Craziest Food Ever Eaten: I used to eat dried cow blood for breakfast in Nicaragua. It is called Moronga.
Favorite Hobby: Writing and recording music
Favorite Vacation Spot: Ocean City, New Jersey
DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRIES
I grew up in Vermont and was first introduced to the gospel in 8th grade. I was invited by some friends to go to youth group with them Sunday nights. At first, I really enjoyed the music but then found myself listening to the words that were being sung. This led me to open my ears to the messages the pastor gave each week. This all started to peak my curiosity about Christ. It was at the 2004 LIFE youth conference in Phoenix, AZ where God revealed himself to me in a very real way. From that point on, God has been drawing me closer and closer to Himself. After graduating from Nyack College in 2011, I spent time overseas in West Africa serving with the Alliance through soccer ministry. God's calling on my life to work in vocational ministry first began take shape during this year in Guinea. After returning to the U.S., I took a position as Director of Student Ministries at Journey Church in Morganton, NC. In 2014, I moved to Maryland to marry my wife and have had the privilege of joining the staff at DAC as Director of Student Ministries.
Craziest Food Ever Eaten: Monkey
Favorite Hobby: Music and sports
Favorite Vacation Spot: Lake Champlain, Vermont
As a pastor's kid, I grew up going to church with my family. At the age of four, I accepted Christ into my life, but my ongoing journey of sanctification has proven to have much more of an impact on my life. God has consistently revealed himself, his truth, and his love for me throughout my entire life. Christ has used and continues to use my family, friends, and various experiences to shape me into the woman he has created. During my years studying psychology at Nyack College, I began to understand a passion I have of bringing help and support to those around me. In July of 2013, I joined the DAC staff as the Administrative Assistant. While I enjoy the organizational aspect of my job, I certainly see the ministry I am called to in this position. I love serving the pastoral staff, congregation, and those in our community!
Craziest Food Ever Eaten: Durian (It's a fruit famous for its horrible odor.)
Favorite Hobby: Catching up with my family over a good cup of coffee
Favorite Vacation Spot: Long Beach Island, New Jersey