I grew up in Clayton County, Georgia. At the age of ten, I began playing percussion, which I continued learning in junior high and high school. While a sophomore in the Redcoat Band at the University of Georgia, I was asked to perform in Prince Avenue Baptist Church’s Living Christmas Tree production. The choir and orchestra performed the production nine times – with the gospel presented every time. On December 10, 1989, after a young teenager in the production pleaded with me to respond to the gospel, I accepted Christ as my Savior and was baptized at Prince Avenue Baptist in January.
In 1992 I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and became an elementary music teacher for the Clayton County School System. At the invitation of a friend, I began attending Heatherwood Baptist Church in Riverdale, Georgia, where I met Jim. We were married on December 16, 1994. The following year, we began serving as bi-vocational ministers at Eastside Baptist Church in McDonough, Georgia. Jim led the youth, and I led worship.
Jim and I moved to White County in 1997. I taught elementary music in the White County School System from 1998 until 2002 and completed a Master’s and Doctorate in Educational Leadership at UGA during those years. In 2002, I began teaching reading and math to third-grade students, and later became a fifth-grade classroom teacher. I joined the faculty of the teacher preparation program at Truett-McConnell College in 2006 and became the Education Division Chair in 2010. While at TMC, I was the liaison between the college and the teacher certification accrediting body, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). It was then that I recognized the value that accreditation has in ensuring that educators are well prepared for their roles in schools. My passion for that work led me to join the staff at the GaPSC in 2013, and I currently serve as the Director of Program Approval at that agency.
Jim and I joined Helen First Baptist Church in March 1998, and from October of that year until our first daughter, Sarabeth, was born I served as the bi-vocational worship leader at Helen FBC. Jamie, our other daughter, was born in December 2004. Our entire family has been involved in music ministry at Helen FBC in a variety of ways. In addition to enjoying music together, we love camping, watching sports, and spending time together at home and at church. It is truly an honor to serve the Lord in my family, in my work, and in whatever ministry opportunities the Lord provides.