If you want to know about a particular ministry it is probably good to know about the person who has become the founder. It is my pleasure to give you a little insight into who I am and why there is a ministry by the name of The Sounding Board Teaching Ministries. I was born and raised in a small rural community in Lynchburg, Virginia. If you are familiar with Liberty University you are aware that my small rural community has grown exponentially over the past years. In fact, when I visit I have a difficult time finding my way because of its growth. However, it was a small, close community when I was growing up. I attended Flat Creek Baptist Church, the home church of both sets of grandparents. Now how many of us get to raise our children in that spirit of family today? At the age of seven, I remember helping my paternal grandmother after services gather up all the communion cups from the backs of the pews. My granddad was a deacon and the wives took turns fixing communion. As I was very hungry around the noon hour, I began to ask what could I do to participate in having communion. All I remember was being told I needed to join the church. Well, the next Sunday I walked up front and told the pastor I wanted to join the church. I simply don't remember being told that I needed to give my heart to Jesus. Fast forward to the age of 21. I was taking a class to learn how to witness to others about Jesus. We were given the Four Spiritual Laws booklet to use as our tool. I clearly remember reading through the booklet and thinking to myself, "I've never prayed a prayer like this one." "Did I really ask Jesus to forgive me of my sins and come into my heart?" After being a long-time member and teaching in the elementary grades on Sunday mornings, I was a little embarrassed about this sudden revelation. I immediately inquired my dad's opinion. He stated that I needed to get it straight with the Lord and it didn't matter what folks thought. So I talked with the pastor of the church we were attending and I went through "Believer's Baptism". This time I knew what I was doing and why. Have I needed God's forgiveness along my journey? Absolutely, but He is always there to forgive my mistakes and give me a clean slate of opportunities. Educationally, I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and used that degree in private school settings. But God etched into my heart a love to teach the Bible. That has been my greatest joy and continues to be as the opportunity arises. The Sounding Board Teaching Ministries, begun in 2009, was a name given to me by God. At first I thought it might develop into a counseling ministry for women, but was soon led to use the concept of a sounding board as a reflection of God's lessons as He opens platforms of His choosing for me to share. One of my favorite Bible verses is found in Psalms 19:14; "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer." Please contact us if you have questions regarding the ministry! God Bless!