Growing up, I loved reading, writing, and drama. I dreamed of writing books and entertaining crowds of people. I thought I might go into ministry, be a missionary, a children’s minister, or a pastor’s wife. But God had other plans. He paired me up with a communications major who wanted to make movies, and a decade after saying “I do”, we combined our unique talents and produced our first Mainstreet Productions feature film. Since then, we’ve gone on to make six more movies.
Our motion pictures have screened in theaters across the country, aired on countless television networks and sold across the globe. Our filmmaking efforts have been recognized with dozens of accolades including the “Shibboleth Award for Visionary Leadership in the Field of Christian Film Making” and four ICVM Crown Awards including Silver “Best Picture”. At some point, I realized that movies had become my ministry. My movies have gone places I’ll never go, reached people I’ll never meet, and impacted lives in ways I’d never know.
We spent 2018 traveling around the country as part of our movie tour, and in addition to teaching filmmaking at film events, I began taking my film experience and using it to help novelists and other writers. I also had the opportunity to share my film stories at church and community events.
I’m thankful for the experiences we’ve had making movies and sharing them with audiences, but now we’re winding up our filmmaking and moving on to the next phase of our lives.
As we concluded our filmmaking, I began praying for a new ministry to delve into. I wanted to impact lives in a more personal manner. After almost a year of prayer, God opened up an unexpected door. I’m now women’s ministry leader at our church, which is pretty funny, considering I’ve never done much with women’s ministry in the past. But isn’t that so often the way God works?
I’m finding that because I’m essentially an outsider thrust into the center, I can look at women’s ministry in an objective manner. I’m discovering that I’m not the only woman who’s felt alone in a church packed with people. I’m finding women who love God, but don’t always feel connected with His people. I’m excited about all that I’m learning and am enjoying jumping in with gusto, striving to bind together the hearts of women so that we can support each other and build each other up. I can’t wait to take you on my journey of studying Biblical women and discovering what we can learn from them.
If you’re an event planner looking for a speaker at your next event, drop me a line! I’d love to entertain, inspire, and educate your audience!