From the ballpark to the classroom, I spent my childhood competing--even when others didn't know that's what we were doing. For me, success meant love and failure meant rejection. After the years of skinned knees and paper rewards, I saw my competitive nature bleed into other areas of my life. I believed I had to earn the love of people around me, and lived in fear of rejection in case I failed. Mercifully and kindly, God intervened in my life by providing loving friends and family who showed me a love I could not earn or lose. More than that, I began to see the love of God more purely and more truly. His love requires no winning, no competing, no keeping. He won, and I get the reward. Armed with this knowledge of God's love for me, I went to Dallas Theological Seminary and earned a Master’s of Theology to better equip myself to share this love with others. After seminary I worked at Watermark Community Church teaching Bible Studies and theology as well as writing curriculum. My time at Watermark helped me to develop a greater love for diversity and seeing women deployed in the Church, which ultimately led me to join SJOC. When I am not serving at St Jude, you can find me yelling at my Sooners on Saturday mornings, eating an incredible meal with friends, or having a one-sided conversation with my cat, Clive. I cherish my role as aunt to Jayden, Nixon and Ainsley more than I can put into words, and I am so excited for the day when they take over the world.