I love pastoring the Crossroad’s family. I have been Crossroad’s pastor since 1989 (wow!). Crossroad’s is the first and only church I’ve pastored. I became a Christian at a very young age but figured out that Jesus could be the center of my life 24/7 when I was in 7th grade, and I’ve been “all in” since then.
My greatest fulfillment outside of Jesus is my family and doing life with my wife Darlene and our 3 adult children. My main pastime is motorcycle riding, I’ve ridden in 49 out of 50 states, with only Alaska left to conquer.
Although I have a hundred “favorite” Bible verses, this is my favorite as it pertains to my calling and the mutual growth we enjoy as the family of God.
"11 I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— 12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith." - Romans 1:11-12 (NIV)
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” - 3 John 1:4 KJV
Not just with my own children but to also see the children of Crossroads walk in that place of Truth.
I have been at Crossroads since 2000 and have served as the Children’s Pastor since 2016. I’m a mother of five and have a wonderful husband, Wayne. I enjoy many things but probably my most favorite is taking long, quiet walks. I was saved very young and it was during quiet walks in the woods as a child that I learned the Holy Spirit desired to be my best friend. Those memories stick with me close, and I’m very thankful I have the opportunity to share with children what an exciting journey with Jesus this life really is.
We have been Pastoring Crossroads youth, RIOT, since 2011. RIOT is such a joy for us, as we mentor young people and grow their faith. We strive to make HIS Kingdom known and raise up the next generation of Christians to continue expanding Gods Kingdom here on earth! We have been married since 2009 and have three beautiful children and we currently live in Seymour, IN. We enjoy traveling and experiencing outdoors as often as possible, one loves the beach, the other, the mountains.
One of our favorite passages is Titus 2 11-14:
“11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say 'No' to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.”
I was 14 years old when I became a Christian, and have loved Jesus every day since, He has been my greatest joy and my solid foundation. Some people feel they would give up so much to be a Christian, I feel that I gave up nothing and gained everything.
I love being a mother to our 3 grown children and I’m grateful for my journey through life with my husband Tracy. I enjoy working with and arranging flowers and find satisfaction with the end result of an interior design project.
I have worn many hats as a pastor’s wife and I am currently serving as the church administrator, which fits my natural gifting.
There are so many Bible verses that inspire me, but here is one of my many favorites, Psalm 16:11 (NKJV):
"You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."