I grew up in Salem, NJ—the county seat of Salem County, and home to agricultural treasures that give the state the name: “The Garden State.” There is nothing to compare to “Jersey” tomatoes, fresh corn, and crabs for dinner. Tree lined streets, friends on every block and neighbors that looked out for one another. We would go out to play in the morning and not come home until dark. Our home on the Delaware River had been in the family for generations. There I learned to swim, ski, fish, crab, sail, and explore the open sandy beaches. My two brothers and I may have squabbled, but would fight for each other.
My home church was First Presbyterian of Salem. Established in 1821, the church was built in 1854. Original pews and stained glass windows are there to this day. Previous generations of my family worshiped there. The church was marked by excellent preaching and teaching, as well as Sunday School teachers. Youth group impacted my life and I was able to go forward at a Billy Graham Crusade in New York City.
I earned my BS from Elizabethtown College in Chemistry/Medical Technology. The best part of my years there was meeting my husband, Bob. We were married in 1974—we celebrate 46 years together on Memorial Day, May 25.
Time was spent at Rutgers, in New Brunswick, NJ. Then off to 9 years in Utica NY. Our 3 children were born there. Snow starts in October and doesn’t end until April. I never appreciated the snow and cold. These years were marked by ministry with Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship. We sat under excellent teaching including John Stott, and attended numerous Urbana Missions Conferences. A highlight was going to the Republic of South Africa for a summer to work in missions.
And now we are in Ambler, PA. It is a small town much like Salem. We have raised our 3 children here and now have 2 granddaughters. Oreland Evangelical Presbyterian Church has been our home church for nearly 30 years. I have been active in the church from leading Women’s Bible studies, teaching Adult and Children’s Christian Education, VBS, Choir, Children’s Worship.
My first career was in Medical Laboratories, in the Microbiology Department. While working I also began my studies in Biblical Counseling, earning my Masters in Counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary, now known as Missio. Eventually I was able to leave the laboratory and began counseling couples, families, children, as well as issues such as depression, anxiety. I formed my own ministry and have continued counseling as well as teaching, speaking, leading retreats and consulting.
Currently, my husband and I are fulfilling a long held “Bucket List” for travel—National Parks! We also toured Egypt Jordan, and Israel. Gardening continues to be a passion for me. And our newest addition to the family: our Cavapoo, Ella, is a delight!
I consider counseling to be a privilege. Walking along people as they struggle is a sacred calling. Knowing that Scripture and Jesus provide our only true Hope is my very foundation.
A Christian worldview shapes my life.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Psalm 136