Thanks so much for taking the time to share your life with me and our readers. Can you tell us a little about yourself, what you enjoy, etc.?
I am a passionate lover of Jesus Christ and people. I am a very fun-loving social person who enjoys having relationships from every culture. I believe that the Kingdom of God is about relationships so I always love meeting new people. I enjoy spending time with my husband and family. I love going down water slides with my grand-kids. But I also love warm weather and relaxing on a beach with a good book. I love learning.
What were you like growing up? Were you raised in a Christian home? When did your relationship with Jesus become a definite part of your life?
I grew up in a good Catholic home with 7 other siblings! I was a middle child. I guess that can explain a lot! LOL! When I was 19 years I was in several life crisis and I knew I needed Jesus in my life. I received Jesus and received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit actually through a Catholic charismatic prayer meeting. I never looked back after that. God has not only been my Savior and Lord through the years but He has also been my Keeper since, leading me on in this amazing walk with Him.
Do you consider yourself to be in full time ministry? How did that happen/come about?
Yes, I am in full time ministry with my husband, Dick. We are senior leaders at Outfitters Ministries in Pewaukee. I have always been involved in many different ministries inside and outside the church since I was saved. But I knew God was shifting me because my heart was becoming more passionate for the body of Christ and the work of His Kingdom. So I left my job as a medical office manager to pursue the call of God. In 2006, my husband and I were ordained Pastors with Oil of Joy Ministries and Christian International. We recently became the Senior leaders at Outfitters Ministries formally Joy Christian Fellowship.
Were there any mental obstacles that you needed to overcome in order to “say yes” and walk out what God was calling you to?
I can honestly say I always loved and had a passion to do ministry and I knew without a doubt God called me. The mental obstacles that would try to capture my time when going to a different level in ministry where questions about my own ability and worthiness. My fight was to stop looking at my inabilities and look and trust more in God and His abilities. The call was God’s choice not mine and so it would be His abilities through me to accomplish His Kingdom purposes through me as I yielded to Him. My prayer is for the Lord to cause me to hear His voice and to give me His grace and power to walk out all His ways in my life.
What do you consider to be your greatest strengths? Do they ever work against you? Was there any kind of “learning curve” in knowing how to use those strengths in the best way?
Love and Mercy. These can work against you if not balanced. There is a love that can enable and a mercy that can be unjustified. I’ve learned to have healthy boundaries that are both good for others and myself.
Have you ever been wounded or rejected as you’ve stepped out in faith? Can you share a bit about that and how you dealt with/recovered from it?
Yes, of course. Do you have a week for me to share? LOL! I realize some people will never see the gold in you, the call of God on your life and what He has called you to do. Early on in ministry I thought I had to convince or get approval from some people on my calling and what I was doing for God was valid. But I had to release the rejection and forgive the hurt. Some people will look at you with their own filters and cannot release you from the boxes they put you in. Not everyone is going to see your call or accept it. But it’s ok. I have realized that some things are not God-sent but can be God-used! I realized it was my process and preparation to become a better leader for the Lord. I realized you can learn how to do somethings in ministry but you can also learn how NOT to do somethings in ministry through your experiences. I had to learn to live from the inside out and be obedient to what God has spoken to me. It is not my job to verify my ministry, that’s God’s job. I live with a faith that believes what God has called me to do, He will be faithful to bring it to completion. I just need to be focused and intentional to hear, obey and follow God to whatever He is asking me to do. I’ve learned it is also wise to have a few amazing covenant friends in your life who truly know you and love you and to give you counsel when needed.
What challenges, if any, have you faced as a woman in ministry leadership? Do you feel gender roles are still enforced/practiced in the church? Can you share your thoughts with us on some of these questions?
I’ve had some challenges along the way being a woman in ministry. I grew up in circles were men were the only ones who would teach or preach. I had been overlooked at times because of being a woman. Sometimes I’ve felt that resistance more from women than men. But the enemy’s strategy for us as women, is to have a women’s lib attitude. What I mean by that is trying to prove ourselves and become angry and resentful and develop a hatred towards men. The church as a whole has some ways to go regarding receiving woman in more leadership roles in some circles in the church world. The Lord is wanting us as both women and men together to be released to fulfill every mandate of His glorious Kingdom on the earth. When we see women and men move together in the power of God, with no competition, no rivalry, we will see amazing power released. We were created to reign together and take dominion over all the earth.
What projects are you currently working on? Where do you see God moving in the Body of Christ today? Does there seem to be momentum in any particular area?
At Outfitters Ministries we are working on training and building up the body of Christ to do the work of the ministry. We are working on breaking old mindsets that ministry is just for the elite and that we all get to participate in God’s kingdom. So we do trainings occasionally on Sunday mornings. We are being very intentional to train, equip, empower and release people to do the work of the ministry in the earth. This is a Saints movement!! There is building up of the saints to be released in the earth in a whole different way that hasn’t been done before. This time everyone gets to participate…not just the pastor!! So I see a lot of prophetic training and activation happening. Prophesy and other gifts of the spirit are going to be used not just inside the church but outside the four walls for evangelism. The sacred is on a collision course with the secular in a greater degree as the body of Christ is being equipped to reign on the 7 mountains of society. I think we are seeing a lot of that in the news! The kingdom of this world will become the Kingdoms of our God! The Ekklesia, God’s governing and legislative force is going to be released out of the four walls. I see more salvations, more healing and miracles being released because of the saints being empowered and released.
What encouragement can you give to our readers who might be doubting their usefulness in Christ or their “qualifications” to make a difference?
Look in the Word of God for your encouragement. So many examples of unqualified people being used of God. They were ordinary people who believed in an extra-ordinary God!!!! I don’t think anyone of the Apostles went to ‘University of Jerusalem’ but they did spend time with the Lord. They received instruction and stepped out in faith, knees shaking at times. I think fear of failing causes us to doubt. God is not afraid of our mistakes. He loves it when we take a step of faith. Just remember, it’s His ability, anointing in you that makes you useful. The Lord will use you, your personality and passions as you yield to Him. He has already put within you gifts and anointing to be used by Him. Be the one who says “Yes Lord”. Keep seeking God, keep learning and growing in the things of God and your gifts. Be trained up and be around other strong kingdom minded people who will build you up and encourage you. True Kingdom minded people will always help built your confidence so you will fulfill the kingdom purpose of God for your life. You have a part to fulfill on this earth so be built up, step out and minster to the one in front of you and watch God move. You can make a difference!
Okay, tricky question, what one quality in you would you most want to see multiplied in those you disciple/minister to? It’s okay to answer honestly, you won’t be bragging- we give all glory to God!
To first be a true worshipper of God, loving the Lord with all their hearts. Our first ministry is to Him. Also to catch the Lord’s burden for souls. My hope and prayer is for them to have a Kingdom Mindset and identity (To truly know who God is and who they are in Christ.) and to live a life of honor. I desire for all of us to carry a passion to encourage each other to become all we’ve been called to be in Christ Jesus and increase the Kingdom of God. We are called to live a supernatural lifestyle and to give sight to the blind, cast out devils, cleanse the leper and raise the dead!
Thank you so much for being so honest and opening yourself up so others can learn and be encouraged and inspired! If people want to hear more about what you’re doing or follow you on social media where can they find you? (facebook, website, etc.)