My story is still being written, but the journey that is most significant to write about is the one that led my husband and me to pioneer a church in Charlotte, NC. It has been an amazing journey, and I am excited by what I see around the next corner and off on the horizon.
I grew up in an ungodly home as did my husband, despite what some outward appearances may have looked like. We are not the sort of pastors who have a lineage of ministry. In fact, we are both the first on either side of our families. God has used the pain and drama that we both experienced growing up to allow us to help other people. God has truly turned our mess into a message and our tests into a testimony. We had both seen so much that one thing we knew we wanted was an amazing marriage and family. I am proud to say that an even greater accomplishment than pastoring an amazing church, is the fact that my marriage flat our rocks and my kids are completely amazing. What I am most proud of is that I am madly in love with my husband and my children.
We started out in ministry serving in Richmond, Va. We led everything from youth ministry to the food pantry at our church. Pretty much any area you could think of we were involved in. With only a word from God we packed up in the spring of 2002 and made Charlotte our new home. We knew no one. We had no jobs. We had no money to start with. We had no church planting team. What we did have was a vision, and that vision was to equip people to experience Christ’s freedom in their everyday lives. Yes, to live FREE from whatever might hold them back.
Every Sunday I see that vision being fulfilled. Thousands have come to know Jesus through Freedom House’s short history and this is just the beginning. Since our launch service we have grown incredibly and added multiple worship services. Let me just say what really matters to me isn’t the number of people or services though, it’s the authenticity of those people and the relationships we share. Freedom House is a healthy and vibrant community.
Our new church building is opening and we are so excited about that. Our church sits on nearly 30 prime acres of land right off of the 485 beltway. Our offices are also located on that property as well. We completed those towards the end of 2008, just 3 years after we purchased the land. What a beautiful place it is! We are also working on other campuses and plan on launching them in the near future.
It has been amazing to watch God move. It has been totally Him. Nobody can take credit for the growth of our church or the lives that have been changed. It has been a God thing and it still blows me away each and every Sunday. Hopefully, this story will inspire you in some small way to dream big in God and watch Him bring those dreams to pass. Just hang on; it’s going to be a wild ride.