To look at my family tree you would see farmers on one side and educators on the other. I guess that’s why I love the outdoors and have a passion for teaching and communicating. But that passion runs deeper—down to the roots of the tree—for that’s where everything I do is anchored by God’s word. Whether teaching, speaking, or writing I try to allow the heartbeat of Father God to pour through my words while adding humor and offering hope.
With a degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Clemson University, I enjoy landscape designing, gardening, and giving gardening talks to community groups, churches, and schools. Yes, I love to play in the dirt, however my real love is sharing God’s Truths and encouraging believers on their Christian walk.
God has blessed me and allowed me to use my gifts. I'm co-founder of Extreme Joy Ministres, a ministry to encourage others through teaching and speaking. I'm an award winning writer and have had articles published in magazines such as Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family magazine, Reach Out Columbia, and Dr. Charles Stanley’s In Touch magazine, devotions published online at Christian Devotions, article in Greenville SC's AT HOME magazine as well as stories published in the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books and other anthologies. I've also been a contributing devotion writer for Inspireafire.com, Pastorswives.com, Christian Devotions.us, and Dr. Charles Stanley's In Touch Ministries website.
I am a CCC (Christian Communicators Conference) graduate and a CLASS (Christian Leaders Authors Speakers Seminar) graduate. I attend two local writer's groups, Cross 'N Pen and Greenville Christian Writers and have had years of experience serving in women’s ministries, speaking at events, and teaching Bible Studies.
I work at The Gospel Hour, Inc. (a radio and publishing ministry), where I'm the office manager and work on the publishing side of the ministry. In the past I have also worked a couple of afternoons a week at a local nursery/garden center where I was one of the designers. So how do I spend my time when I'm not working? I can be found at Greenville Indoor Rowing Studio — rowing my way towards my 5 Million Meter Mark, writing, gardening, reading, or spending time with my family.
My husband and I are empty-nesters and live in Greenville, SC where he's the associate pastor at Sanctuary Church. He loves to read and play golf and we both enjoy traveling, spending time with each other and our family and taking care of our sweet rescue named Gracie.