Tell us about your family:
My husband Richard and I have been married for 47 years and we have three sons and a daughter. They have blessed us with six granddaughters and three grandsons, ages 18 years to 8 months old.
Where do you attend church?
We have fellowshipped with Community Fellowship Church in Staunton since 1975, when we first moved to Staunton, except for five years when we were living in Florida.
How long have you been involved with ComfortCare?
I responded to an invitation to consider becoming a volunteer at ComfortCare in 1997 after Deb Fann spoke at my church. After completing volunteer training, the Lord led me to take part in a post-abortion healing Bible study. This then led me to realize that the Lord was leading me to become a peer counselor in the HEART ministry.
What led you to ComfortCare?
A desire to reach this very vulnerable community for life! I love life, and have a heart for those who struggle over these important decisions. And I love the way ComfortCare serves so compassionately.
What inspires you about this ministry?
I am inspired by the loving, dedicated staff and volunteers at ComfortCare who work tirelessly to minister to the patients who need help in their crisis situations. They trust God and love one another, and this encourages me to try harder and to have faith and courage to do what I do.
Who has been an inspiring influence in your life and why?
Christine “Mama” Knopp, who lives right here in Staunton, has been an inspiring influence in my life. She just celebrated her 102nd birthday! She and her husband, Paul, raised nine wonderful sons, and have dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She has always trusted the Lord to provide for her every need. She and Papa began holding meetings in their home one winter over 50 years ago when they were snowbound, and those meetings began what is now CFC. Christine is a humble example of a helpmate, mother, homemaker, and hospitality. She is a dear sister in Christ who has discipled so many by her example of what it means to love God and His Word, trusting in Him and being a praying warrior.
What is your favorite place to vacation?
My favorite place to vacation is a quiet campground near water or a secluded beach.
What have you learned during COVID-19 about your life, work, & family?
Experiencing the COVID pandemic has taught me to appreciate people more, whether in fellowship or in helping others. Life is precious and short compared to eternity. Work is an honor, and that has been emphasized to me while employed by Grace Christian School the past three years. I have experienced the dedication of a group of believers who love children and the privilege of Christian education. The faculty and staff worked diligently to finish last year’s school year after the shutdown and to keep our school open successfully this school year. God is good!
What is your favorite way to relax?
My favorite way to relax is to be somewhere comfortable reading a book, or sitting on our deck watching the birds come to the feeders.
If you had to pick just one... Coffee or Tea?
Coffee is definitely my beverage of choice first thing in the morning! Tea is for later in the day.