I was sitting at work one day in the admissions office at my graduate school, and he walked right in. He was there for an interview. Turns out he got hired, and I was tasked with training him! He shadowed me on the campus tours and made me dinner on Valentines Day. The rest is history.
We got married in August of 2007, and graduated from seminary 2 years later. He earned a Master of Divinity and I earned an MA in Marriage and Family Counseling.
That was in Texas, and we are now in California. What happened in between?
Well after graduation David interviewed with several churches because he felt called to be a pastor. During those months of interviews, we were in touch with a group of my dearest friends from college (Charleston Southern University) who had come to the Silicon Valley to plant a church. They had all left behind their lives in the south and moved their families across the country to begin a new church that would be designed to connect lost people to a saving faith in Christ. We were stirred in our hearts by the vision.
We called Andy (lead pastor) and Stacie because we knew them well, and trusted their input into our decision of where to begin our ministry. We inquired about their ministry in California. Through that conversation we found that South Bay Church was growing and they would potentially be at a place to add another staff member. Yet, they couldn’t pay us because South Bay was brand new and almost entirely supported externally!
Andy said if we were seriously considering raising an entire salary to join the team, that we should fly out for a weekend. So we did. David and I were blown away by how much God had grown that church in less than a year from when these families had hit the pavement in the bay area! We knew how different our lives would be if we uprooted and moved there. We knew it would be a shock to our families, and would break their hearts (and ours) to think about us having a baby and living thousands of miles away. We also knew it would be a miracle for us to raise basically David’s entire salary, especially in the 2009 economy drought.
We got back on the plane to fly home, and both us and the South Bay team agreed to pray about it.
God made it clear to us all that it was the right decision. So David and I moved out of our campus apartment and put all our stuff in storage in Fort Worth where we had just finished school. We had a huge task of meeting with individuals and families and sharing the vision of South Bay Church, in hopes to gain enough support to live there for three years until it was estimated that the church would be self sustaining.
What a ride! We traveled for 4 months, staying with family and friends, and by God’s gracious provision we met our goal in December of 2009. Our faith was challenged and affirmed through the process, as God continually came through for us and even since then has met all our needs.
We landed (and by landed I mean drove in with our Penske cavalry) to San Jose in January of 2010. David joined the staff as an associate pastor and his role has since evolved into that of Family Pastor. You can read more about my role at South Bay on my About Me page.
Thank you to all those who have given sacrificially and prayed for us along this journey. We have seen countless people place their faith in Christ and proclaim him publicly through baptism. There is no better place to be than right where God has placed you.