Dee Ann Lord
I am the wife of a wonderful loving man, the mother of two amazing children and, most importantly, a beloved daughter of Christ! I am also the children’s ministry coordinator at Faith. Being a part of guiding the spiritual lives of young children is something I would have never guessed I would be doing.
I did not formally grow up in the church. My parents didn’t attend church often but I was occasionally “sent” to Sunday school, vacation Bible school, and church camp. I am grateful that those seeds were planted in my young life but it wasn’t until I was almost 30 years old and married that those seeds began to grow. My husband grew up with much of the same church experience that I did. Even with minimal upbringing in the church, my husband and I wanted to explore our faith together. God was at work in both of our hearts.
I have been given the gifts of administration, leadership, and discernment.
In my life as a Christian, I have never experienced as much personal spiritual growth as I have in my role in our children’s ministry. Prior to this, my faith was growing, but it was very private and quiet — just between God and me. I would never have considered praying out loud, let alone in front of people I didn’t even know! I had lots of questions, but I didn’t want to let on that I didn’t know everything there was to know about being a Christian and a follower of Jesus. Because I had a young child, I was willing to volunteer as a helper in Sunday school as long as I didn’t have to teach the lesson, pray out loud, or answer any questions. That went on for several years.
In 2009, there was a need for some leadership in Faith’s children’s ministry. I was feeling a tug, but I wasn’t sure I was confident enough to respond. Pastor Peter asked if I would be interested in joining a committee to talk with others about the direction of the children’s ministry. I was proud to be asked and more confident in what I might have to offer to the group. During our committee’s conversations, it became clear that I didn’t have to know all there was to know about being a Christian to be an integral part of this ministry and that my spiritual journey is just that, a journey. It won’t end until God calls me home. I am learning every day that I need God and I have to be willing to rely more and more on Him and less and less on me. Working with kids reminds me that it’s OK to have questions and it’s OK to not know all the answers. God is continually working in my life and my journey will be ever changing.
How You Can Help Me
Tell me what our church can do to be involved in the lives of children in our community.
How I Can Help You
God calls us to nurture and lift up the children in our lives to Him. Whether they are our own kids, our grandchildren, our neighbor kids, or kids we have not yet met, I want to be a resource to help and connect with families in our community. I want help lift our children up to God