I grew up here in Tyler and have been a part of Grace for most of my life. In high school, I really began to see the importance of being a part of a church family. I finally bought in to being a part of the student ministry here at Grace and God used it and the staff in huge ways. I grew up in an incredible family with parents who were passionate about following Jesus. Late in high school, God used a season of trials and change to really solidify the faith that my parents had instilled in me, and my leaders in GSM provided a safe place where I was encouraged, challenged and loved. I saw how impactful Jesus-following adults (other than my parents) were in my life. They were no doubt saying the same things as my parents, but it just had a different impact coming from someone else. These experiences gave me the desire to disciple students the way I had been discipled during my time in GSM.
After high school, I attended UT Tyler and was able to intern with GSM while going to school. Interning then led to working with junior high girls in GSM for many years. I met my husband Kendall while serving in GSM together and we got married in 2015. While our roles and involvement with GSM have changed as our family has grown, this church and student ministry hold a special place in our hearts. We have two incredible daughters and two crazy dogs. We love being a part of Grace and look forward to seeing our daughters grow here.