My name is Lisa and I never wanted to be anyone’s wife – let alone a preacher’s.
What I wanted was to go to college, find a corporate job in a big city and live the life of a successful, independent woman in an adorable brownstone. Those were my plans until I met Luke – a non-Christian and definitely not a preacher. A chance conversation in my workplace parking lot began a relationship that found us married a little more than a year later.
What? Didn’t your pastor and his wife meet in a parking lot?
Unfortunately, the fairy dust (or car exhaust) evaporated and within a relatively short time we had filed for divorce. However, through the power of prayer and the intervention of God we were both became born again believers in Jesus Christ. Little did we know that was just the beginning for the following year, Luke was called to vocational ministry.
That was 25+ years ago. In that span of time we have birthed four children: three boys and one girl ranging in age from 22 down to 16 – college graduate to high school Sophomore. We have attended Bible college in Kentucky, served a missions term in Mississippi, simultaneously pastored a church and attended seminary in North Carolina, and co-pastored a church in Georgia – and those are just the high spots. Currently, we are happily serving a thriving Southern Baptist Church in north Alabama.
In addition to supporting Luke in his role as a shepherd, the Lord has also called me to a teaching ministry. My book, You Can Still Wear Cute Shoes….And Other Great Advice from an Unlikely Preacher’s Wife, was published by David C. Cook in 2010.
Currently, I am back to full-time work in the corporate world and praying daily to be a bright spot.