About

I’m a pastor, adjunct professor, adoptive mom of a big family, wife, speaker, writer, and doctorate student.

Many people say I’m a ball-of-fire and I’m pretty sure that’s a good thing…

I have 10 children ages 10-23 which include 3 birth children, and 7 internationally adopted from Haiti, Russia and Ukraine.  I have been married to my best friend for over 20 years.  I am working on my DMin from Northern Seminary with Dr. Scot McKnight, studying the New Testament Context.  I have a passion for the Hebrew Bible – an interest which was greatly enhanced by the opportunity to study in Israel in July 2013 as a Richter Scholar with the Bat Kol Institute.

I like to think about myself as a Pastor with a scholar’s mind, and a Professor with a pastor’s heart.  I blog regularly on a wide variety of topics.  And my heart is moved by social justice issues, particularly as they relate to orphans, global poverty and human trafficking/modern-day slavery.

My family and I live in Newton, Kansas.  I have taught classes at five different colleges in areas of New Testament, Old Testament, Philosophy, English Composition, Math and more – quite a broad selection of topics! I am currently teaching Christian Ethics at Tabor College. In my free time I love to read, travel & cook.

One of my favorite verses is Micah 6:8.

He has showed you, O man, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

My other one is found in Matthew 25.

‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’  Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Matthew 25:35-40
 

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