I grew up in Lewisville, TX in a Christian home. I accepted Christ into my heart at a young age but did not see Him as Lord of my life. I did not fully understand the gospel and what Jesus did for me. This led me to search for life and value in everything but Him. I looked to alcohol and partying to numb the pain of panic attacks and loneliness, but it led to anxiety and depression. I was desperate for the approval of others because I knew there was no way that God would approve of me. It wasn’t until my senior year of college that the Lord opened my eyes to my brokenness and desperate need for a Savior. I fully surrendered my life to Him and everything changed.
I graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2015 with a degree in Elementary Education (GO POKES!!!). Before I sought out a teaching career, I attended the Kanakuk Institute where I studied God’s Word to build a deeper foundation and learned the importance of community. I taught Kindergarten for 4 years in Frisco and was also attending Watermark and serving at the Porch. I started to notice a pull in my heart to give more of my time to ministry as I was seeing him use more of my gifts on Tuesday nights than day to day teaching. I attended the Frisco campus when it began and was a part of helping start the young adult’s ministry there. I completed the Watermark Institute in 2021, where the Lord revealed my giftings and made it clear that I was called to full time ministry. I joined staff on the Community team in September 2021, got married to the love of my life (JT Hale) in October 2021, and we moved to Richardson in January 2021. I am humbled that the Lord has given me (the girl who chased after all the world could offer me for so long) an opportunity to be a part of leading and serving others at Watermark. 1 Corinthians 6:11.
When I’m not working, you can find me hanging with my hot husband and our dog Finley, at Mi Cocina with friends, or hanging at coffee shops reading and enjoying a good cup of coffee with coconut milk.