“So we are ambassadors for Christ”
—2 Corinthians 5:20
Ace Ambassadors is a new, bi-weekly section of the bulletin highlighting a church member successfully and cheerfully spreading Christian values. We invite you to suggest members to profile and, if you would like to do the interview and write-up, we highly encourage that as well. There is a box and sign-up pad on the usher table in the narthex.
If you are suggesting a member, please write “Profile Suggestion: Member’s Name” on the piece of paper and drop it in the box. If you would like to do the interview, please write your name and contact info and drop it in the box.
Faith, family and friends. They are all connected. My husband and I have two children, Grace and Will. I work full time for our family business and I volunteer about 10 hours a week for various nonprofit organizations.
I turn to the Word of God for encouragement and help. We are surrounded by so much negativity. If I didn’t turn to my Lord and savior, I would not have the positive that I feel every day.
In practicing my faith, I read a daily devotion; I give thanks before meals; and prayer is an important part of my daily life.
I also teach Sunday School and VBS, am involved in the Youth and Young Adult Faith Formation Committee, chair a department for Rummage, work with Sidewalk Sunday School, Boy Scouts and our company offers free safety classes at Lambs Farm. There are never enough hours you’d like to volunteer.
What is the value of these activities?
The more you give, the more you get. Everyone can make a difference.
What is your life’s mission?
To be a good person, wife, mother and friend. Do what you can to be kind and loving to everyone.
How do you start each day?
I acknowledge that it’s a gift and rejoice in it. I sing “rise and shine, and give God your glory, glory!” That’s the way I sometimes wake up my kids.
What do you do to rejuvenate yourself?
I exercise, including playing paddle tennis on a team.
Did you have an “ah ha” moment when you decided to live Christian values?
While at the University of Michigan, the church I attended worked to help address the needs of the homeless and the elderly in nursing homes. I saw faith in action.
What is your favorite Bible passage?
“I urge you to live the life of your calling.” Ephesians 4:1. Its on our mantle.
What’s the benefit of physically being at First Pres?
Human interaction is vital. You miss so much when you’re not here and you have a gap in your faith journey. The personal relationships, including the feeling from a hug, cannot be replaced.
Interview and photo by Laurie Giesen. Giesen is a volunteer at, and is in the process of becoming a member at First Pres.