About this Blog
For years I have felt a passion for encouraging adolescent girls in how they understand themselves as daughters of God, and for encouraging women who serve in professional Christian ministry. I have been a part of a institution, the Church, which has, on one hand, claimed that women, like men, are created in God’s image; but on the other had, that same institution continues to find ways to deny women the right to follow God wherever God may lead. That breaks my heart.
When my daughter suggested that I consider a blog centered on this passion, I decided to do it. As soon as I began seriously considering this blog, I knew that it would involve a story that has meant a great deal to me, one that I continue to learn from: Jesus talking with the Samaritan woman at the well.
“Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city” (John 4:28). This Samaritan woman was so excited about Jesus Christ that she threw caution to the wind, abandoned her water jar, and ran back to face the very people that she was trying to avoid by going to the well at noon. Imagine! Being that excited about Jesus. That’s what I want for each of us—that excitement plus a Church that allows and encourages us to serve as God has called us.
I want to thank Paul Raushenbush for starting me on this journey (I think!). At the Festival of Homiletics last May (2012), he told a sanctuary full of pastors that we should all be on the internet. There is a lot of negativity on the internet and God needs voices of justice and encouragement. (The words are mine, the ideas are his.) I said that I really should do that, but didn’t take the first step until my daughter suggested that I concentrate on the passion that God has given me.
My intentions for this site are to encourage, teach, challenge, and help women and men to grow as they pursue—or work with women who are pursuing—a life following Jesus Christ.
I have been pastor at First Baptist Church, Winfield, KS, since June 2002; before that I served at Old Manor Baptist Church in Wichita as co-pastor and pastor, and at First Baptist Church, Olathe, KS, as Director of Christian Education and Youth. I graduated from Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, KS) in 1980 and Central Baptist Theological Seminary (Shawnee, KS) in 2000. My husband is a retired pastor and Hospice Chaplain, and we have a daughter, her husband and 3 children in Lawrence, KS, and a son, his wife and 2 grandchildren in Topeka, KS. You will undoubtedly hear at least a little more about them as time goes on. They are constant blessings in my life.