I’ve always had the desire to help people in any capacity I have the ability to do so. When I started my career as a speech-language pathologist, I just always thought that being in the schools was it. That was where this gifting would keep me in my career for a long time. But somewhere in those four years I spent in the schools, I didn’t feel like what I was doing actually made a difference. After four years of working in and with school districts, I took a leap of faith into the unknown and let God lead.

February 25th, 2018 had a huge impact on my heart and that made me lean into what God was telling me even more. Up until then I had felt lost in who I was and what I was supposed to be doing with my life. I was living and seeing myself as the things I am not versus the woman God made me to be. Feeling the weight of all those limiting beliefs lift off my shoulders was indescribable. In that moment and the subsequent weeks, I knew that whatever I was created to do had to be more about building His kingdom.

My career as a speech-language pathologist needed to bring children closer to Jesus. But how would I do that? Thankfully, our Access team was already working to bring this special needs ministry to life and I was ready to jump all in. I was blessed with the opportunity to attend a special needs inclusion conference in Ohio and came home with so much more passion and drive to bring these loved people of all ages no matter the need to our church. They belong here too. I am so incredibly blessed to be a part of this Alpine family and this ministry. Access is starting with the children, but I am so beyond excited to see what God has in store for this ministry.

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