How I came into relationship with Jesus Christ
I was raised in a Christian home, as my dad is a Pastor. I accepted Jesus into my heart and felt a call from HIM to ministry at a very young age. I spent many years on the swinging pendulum of rebellion and yielding to Him. Frankly I lived the same 1st or 2nd year of my Christian life over and over until my early 30’s. I was a believer but growth was WAY slower than it should be. I had all the correct answers and could act like the perfect Christian but the practical application of the Gospel to everyday life was an epic fail. God in His mercy moved us to Kentucky through a corporate transfer and as we settled into a new church home, the lights came on. I began to understand more fully the gift that Jesus is to me and how this gift changes my life. No more God at Church or when someone was looking, but God’s redeeming power in ALL areas of my life. By HIS GRACE I am learning who I am in Christ more each day. God graciously is growing and changing me in times of obedience and in times of failure. His love never changes!
How I came to Harvest
We moved from Kentucky to West Michigan in 2012 due to a
Corporate relocation. In our hunt for a solid local church we found that the ministry model of Harvest Bible Chapel Fellowship was closest to the church we were leaving where we had experienced such growth. Through God’s hand as we got “plugged in” to HBCSL we felt a leading to leave the corporate world and serve vocationally.
What I do at Harvest
I am the Pastor of Bible Soul Care. I support our counseling ministry as well as our Small Group Leaders in training, working through hard situations and walking alongside those that are struggling. My goal whether teaching small group leaders and counselors in the classroom or opening God’s Word in the counseling room is to point people to the Gospel.
Why I do what I do
I am motivated to share the Gospel and walk alongside people because of what Jesus Christ has done for me. HE graciously chose to save me even when I was running away from HIM. I am privileged to help people as they ride the roller coaster of life’s up and downs. I have a front row seat to see people’s lives changed by the power of the Gospel. The passages I run to most frequently in the Biblical Soul Care Ministry are:
2 Peter 1:3-4, Ephesians 2:1-10, James 4: 1-10, Psalm 1:1-2, 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
At Harvest since August 2013
On staff since January 2015
Piedmont Bible College – Pastoral Ministries
Cornerstone University – Business Management
ACBC – Foundations, Tracks 1-4, Advanced Track
For the past 25 years I have had roles supporting food and dairy processing both in sales-consultation and operations-project management.
Leslie - best friend, servant, mother, worshiper of Jesus and fellow disciple maker.
Ross, Danny, Nathan, Karianne
What I Do For Fun Hunt, Fish, bike