Q: Give us a little insight into each of your backgrounds … what kind of family did you grow up in and how do you think that effects you as a PW? (stephtmomof3)
Lori: My dad is an engineer, and mom was a dental assistant. They are amazing Christians. And while we were very involved in church, I really had no idea what ministry was like or that I would marry a pastor … and I’ve been trying to figure out this whole ministry/leadership thing ever since. But my parents say that I have a “strong personality” so maybe that helps me in leadership some. On a side note, my brother is a pastor as well, so my parents obviously did something really right. I should probably figure that out!
In general I was a good, rule-following kind of kid, but I’ve always had a heart for the underdog … the down and outs. So, I guess when you mix that with my wonderful husband (former drug addict) we make for a good team here in Vegas.
Brandi: I grew up in a Christian home and was raised in a very traditional church. Growing up church was just part of our life. It wasn’t really something we “had” to do, but something we “chose” to do. I have very positive childhood memories … however, when it came to actually marrying a pastor I had to say I wasn’t really feeling it. I wasn’t sure I wanted to fit in the role known as pastor’s wife. Luckily, over the years I’ve been blessed to serve in churches where I didn’t have to fit a role, but rather the role fit me, my gifts, and my passions.
Jessica: I grew up in a very conservative/protective Christian home. Best word picture – I wore gauchos at one of my private schools (and they were not cool then.) All joking aside, it gave me a STRONG spiritual foundation for ministry! When I feel Satan attacking, I always remind myself that God didn’t invest all those years of Biblical training for me to back down now!
Lisa: I grew up in a Christian home. My parents were Christian school teachers when I was younger, and then my dad went to seminary. He was not a lead pastor, but he served in different support staff pastoral roles from the time I was in middle school. I think growing up the way I did made the transition into ministry in my own life not seem very foreign. My parents always viewed being in ministry as a blessing and a privilege so I have a very healthy, positive view of ministry.
Tiffany: I grew up as a Pastor’s Kid. It prepared me for the reality of ministry both good and bad. Nothing surprises me, and I guess that’s good.
What is your background and how does it impact you as a leader today?