Similar Ministries Manager
My husband Brad and I began our call to ministry together while living in Southern California. We both had the opportunity to volunteer with the horse program at Palomar Christian Conference Center (a Christian camp). It was during that time that I discovered Kim’s first two books, and God worked through them to reveal to us the difference that a ministry like CPYR can have in the individual lives of those we serve.
Since Brad was an active duty United States Marine and we rarely had deep roots in one place, we knew that beginning our own ministry would be much further down the road. From Missouri to Minnesota, Virginia, California, Louisiana and North Carolina the Lord has blessed us with friends & opportunities to serve in so many different communities. In 2009 I received a special birthday gift from my husband to attend my first Information Clinic at Crystal Peaks.
God stirred up a fire in my heart to continue to press forward in support and encouragement of Crystal Peaks and similar ministries. With permission from the ranch, I began re-energizing and sharing resources on a facebook group that had been started by folks inspired by CPYR. I also met and began working with Oak Springs Insurance Group to support many similar ministries in their quest for liability coverage. Through Oak Springs, Brad and I had the opportunity to return together for clinics in both 2010 and 2011. Though I love how God worked through my background in insurance to shoulder with the ministries, I always felt called to more.
In the fall of 2011, as Julie Miller and her husband prepared to welcome home their first baby girl, an opportunity opened for me to join the staff in support of the Similar Ministries. God truly orchestrates more than we could ever ask or imagine! Since Brad was slated to be deployed for a full fifteen months, we had already decided to sell our home in Louisiana. In the course of four weeks, in perfect order, I received the amazing invitation from Crystal Peaks, a buyer for our home made a cash offer and wanted to close immediately, Brad set off for Afghanistan and I completed the 2,575 mile move to Bend with so much support from friends and family. Talk about moving from a piaffe to an extended trot! Add in a few half-passes and that encompasses my journey to the ranch.
Brad returned safely from deployment and now serves in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. We are blessed beyond measure to serve Jesus here together and to be home with our ranch family.
What is your favorite thing about your job?
My favorite thing about my job is knowing that God has brought me here in His perfect timing to shoulder in prayer with our Similar Ministries, as well as to encourage and empower them to have impulsion moving forward in ministry. Through each of them, our limitless Lord multiplies the hope that this once broken and battered little cinder pit can offer.
Have you ever had a favorite or unique pet?
Before he became my horse, Falco once ran clear across a five acre pasture just to stand between me and another horse that acted out aggressively. He is a handsome sorrel paint, my special protector, shield, and gift from the Lord.
What is your favorite coffee drink?
I enjoy a cozy Lavendar latte from Tumalo Coffeehouse or a Market Spice Tea Latte from Townshend's Tea.