I was born into ministry life in the great state of Texas and grew up a PK (Preacher’s Kid, for those of you not familiar with the term) living in several Southern states. When I was 14, we moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I graduated from high school in May 1998 and began looking toward the future. On December 5, 1999, a tall, clean-cut Marine, stationed at Keesler Air Force Base, walked in the back door of our church. On that Sunday morning, he walked the aisle and recommitted his life to the Lord. The rest, as they say, is history! Over the next fourteen months, we spent many hours talking through email, on the phone, and in my parents’ house. He proposed on February 15, 2001. On June 22, we became Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ross in the same church where we met! Over the next five years, the Lord blessed us with three children: Abigail (April 2002), Elisabeth (March 2004), and Jonathan (January 2006). Michael was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps fifteen months after we were married. We chose to continue serving in our home church while I worked part-time in our Christian school and Michael attended our Bible Institute. He was ordained to the Gospel ministry in March of 2006 and shortly thereafter became the Assistant Pastor at our home church. In June of 2007, we followed my parents to help restart a very small church in Ohio. Over the next three years, we served in multiple aspects of ministry including children’s, youth, and music. During this time, Mike worked a full-time job, and I began homeschooling our oldest two children. We also suffered our first miscarriage here in February 2010. In July 2010, we moved our family back to Mississippi. Mike again worked a full-time job, and I worked in our Christian school. In April of 2011, he was contacted by a pastor in Indiana and offered a position as Youth/Outreach Pastor. After much prayer and consideration, we accepted that offer and moved our family across the country again! By this time, we were preparing for a new addition. (I was 30 weeks along when we moved!) We spent the next three and a half years working with a great group of teenagers and leading in the development of a soul-winning program at our church! While there, we also miscarried our second baby (September 2013) and welcomed two beautiful girls into our family: Julia (October 2011) and Rebecca (November 2014). In early 2014, my husband began looking for a church where he could have the opportunity and privilege to serve as Senior Pastor. We have spent the last three years playing the waiting game! We have run the gauntlet of emotions from the excitement of new possibilities to the sorrow of saying goodbye to friends. We have had the hope of a new ministry dashed by the surprising results of a vote…twice! We have learned that this process is not one that can be humanly delegated to fit into a certain time frame! Though we do not always understand man’s thinking or the circumstances that come our way, we remain confident that God is going to open doors in HIS time. Throughout 2016, God opened doors for my husband to preach in several small churches in our area that needed pulpit supply. We also began teaching the Wednesday children’s program in our home church twice a month. In both the fall of 2015 and 2016, I had the opportunity to teach in our church’s Bible college (Christian Womanhood and Home Economics). For the first semester of the 2016-2017 school year, I worked as a teacher’s aide in the kindergarten class at the Christian school my children attend. In December 2016, we welcomed our sixth child (and fifth daughter), Sarah Noel. In January of this year, we began leading an adult Sunday school class at our church. We are thoroughly enjoying that opportunity and are thankful for the friendships that the Lord has brought us as a result!! We cannot wait to see what the Lord has planned for our future or how He will use what we have experienced in the past to help us minister to others!
Now that you know a little about me, I hope that you will enjoy reading my thoughts on marriage, motherhood, and ministry!