Title: Director of Children’s Ministries and Mother’s Day Out
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM
I was born and raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (The Flood City). Zion Lutheran Church was where I was baptized, confirmed, and married. I attended the University of Pittsburgh (PITT) and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. After college, I worked as a bank teller until I was hired as a 4th grade teacher. We lived in Harrisburg, PA and Boston, MA, until a job transfer moved us to St. Charles in 1987.
I have two children who were both baptized at my home church and confirmed here at Dardenne. Kyle is a graduate of the University of Missouri at St. Louis where he obtained a degree in Finance. Kyle and his wife Leyna were married on June 15th of this year. (I am officially a mother-in-law!) Kara attended Lindenwood University, majoring in Elementary Education. She was married here at Dardenne on November 15th to her fiancé, Justin. I am enjoying being a grandma.
I came to Dardenne as a mom looking for a preschool for Kara. Adam Lamb Preschool was getting ready to open its doors in September of 1987 and she was in the first 3 year old class. Kara also attended kindergarten here (yes, we had a kindergarten for several years.) For 2 years I was the substitute teacher and then hired as a full-time teacher for 2 years. In September of 1991, I was hired as the Director of Christian Education and though my job title has changed, with some additions and subtractions, I have been doing the same job all these years. That makes me the staff member with the most years of service. My duties include overseeing the Children’s Sunday School Program, the Nursery, Wednesday Bible Clubs, Mini MAD camp, and Vacation Bible School (VBS). I also direct the Mother’s Day Out program and lead Chapel for the preschool.
In my spare time, I love to garden, read, bowl, scrapbook, spend time with my children and friends, and travel when I can. If I could move all of us (that includes you who are reading this), closer to the ocean, I would spend every spare moment at the beach!
God has blessed me with the opportunity to serve Him and the members of Dardenne for more than 18 years. If you need some exercise and feel like a walk, stop by my office at the end of the building closest the Rock Church, and say hi!