Having attended church with my parents since I was a small child, I recognized my sinful nature and my need to accept the gift of salvation during a fall revival service when I was eight years old. At that time I made a public profession of my faith in Jesus Christ, was baptized, and became a member of the Church. Though my understanding of salvation, faith, and God’s love was quite simplistic, God’s grace was sufficient and His love for me abounded.
As a youth I had a passionate love for the Lord and made a commitment to serving Him through various ministries of my local church. As I continued to mature through adolescence and into young adulthood, my understanding and love for the Lord also matured. During my high school and college years, I came to see Jesus as a compassionate friend who encouraged, protected, and inspired me. My communion with the Lord was personal. When I graduated from college and began working on my master’s degree, my faith was challenged as I began to face decisions about my future. Through my wrestling with those decisions about jobs, relationships, and family, my faith was strengthened as it became clearer that God had a purpose for me and my life. During graduate school and at the beginning of my professional career, I began to look at faith intellectually by reconsidering much of what I had been taught as a child and adolescent. God remained faithful, kept His hand upon me, and led me to an even deeper relationship with Him that is personal and intellectually sound.
To this day, I continue to learn about and practice the life-encompassing commitment of being a disciple of Christ—learning to think and act Christianly. My faith and Christian commitment permeate who I am, the way I see the world, and the actions I take. It is the relationship that I have with God through Jesus Christ that sustains me. To honor Him in my personal and professional life, I seek to know and do His will by fulfilling His calling on my life as I make decisions each day.