In July of 2011, my wife Angie and I re-located from southern California to plant Grace Hills. We spent six months dreaming, praying, and brainstorming about all the possibilities before we ever met the next member of this new church. When my tendency has been to think about the “big picture,” Angie has repeatedly asked exactly the right questions, like how will this help people to grow? are we caring for people the best we can? and are we staying true to our God-given vision?
It’s always been a bit of a dream for her to devote her life to a special calling within a ministry context, but in the first two years of Grace Hills’ life, we kept feeling that some other roles needed to be filled and that at the right time, the door would open for Angie to officially join Grace Hills’ staff to do what God shaped her to do. That day has come!
Angie’s educational and professional background is in the field of social work. She’s devoted most of her adult life to helping foster kids and foster parents, first as a recruiter and trainer and more recently as a therapist. Beyond her Master of Social Work, she’s also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), which is going to come in very handy in her new role at Grace Hills.
So what in the world does a Director of Ministry Connections do? To put it simply, Angie will focus on people and helping them to connect to the church and to each other. More specifically, she will:
- Help recent guests connect to Grace Hills.
- Help everyone connect to a Grace Group.
- Help Grace Group hosts connect with their groups better.
- Help everyone discover their shape and their place to serve.
Additionally, she’ll be working on the development of a lay counseling ministry and the launch of Celebrate Recovery, both of which have been part of our dream from day one. I can’t wait to see all that God is going to do through our ever-enlarging team of dreamers!