I am called to preach, to do prayer ministry, and pastoral care. I am very evangelistic, and I have a passion for promoting “there is always more” of God. I have a heart for people in general, and for the discipling and spiritual formation of believers.
I came from a non-Christian family, although I was baptized as an infant in a private service. My father was in the US Navy, and spent a lot of time away from the family. I started going by myself to an Evangelical Lutheran church at age 8. I was in Sunday School, a member of the choir, and went through catechism and was confirmed in 8th grade. After that, I did not attend church again for many years, except to be married and have my children baptized.
I had a dream/vision seeing an archangel (that’s what I was told it was), and Jesus off in the distance looking down – and the message was “it’s not time yet,” meaning my death. What I didn’t know was the next week I would need emergency surgery. After my surgery, I had a God encounter while in my hospital room. I committed myself to the Lord. I had an insatiable hunger to learn more about God. I pulled out my book from catechism class and the Bible.
I couldn’t read or learn enough.
During the following weeks I had a neighbor share a spiritual experience she had with the Lord, and three other friends who had similar God encounters. None of these women knew one another. We shared our experiences. I was invited to go to an Assembly of God church.
I was in this church for about 13 years, active in leadership – prayer/healing ministry, Bible study and youth group leader, and Sunday School teacher. I also was very active in Women’s Aglow International during this time, first as president of the local chapter, and later as an area board member for northern Wisconsin. As a board member, I was a speaker, coordinated retreats and conferences, and did leadership training and workshops. I also served as a liaison to guide the leadership of several area chapters.
My husband was arrested and convicted two times for being a pedophile. I had no knowledge of this. The church pulled back from me due to the nature of his offenses and the family dynamics. I divorced him, and raised my two children and one grandchild by myself. I was out of the church for the next 10 years. I kept strong in my faith during that time. I did jail ministry (services and prayer ministry) with women there for almost 12 years. I was active with other Christians at the local Upper Room Christian Community (started as a Christian coffeehouse).
For thirteen years, up until December of 2014, I owned a business of building maintenance services. I am currently retired. Prior to that I served in mid to upper management in various companies.
In March of 2013, I was invited to the Maundy Thursday service at Bethany Reformed Church. I heard the audible voice of God, and He said, “Harriet, walk it out” – meaning my walk with Christ and my calling. A few months later I was invited to Remedy Reformed church to view an artist showing, as I am an artist. I ended up attending both churches – Bethany for the Saturday night service, and Remedy on Sundays. I now am a member of Remedy (a church plant about to be organized), and am on their leadership team as a shepherd (spiritual leader). I have done prayer and care ministry at both churches for the last three years.
The Lord has called me to preach, to do prayer ministry, and pastoral care. I am very evangelistic, and I have a passion for promoting “there is always more” of God. I have a heart for people in general, and for the discipling and spiritual formation of believers. I see a need for these things at Remedy, and in the churches of Classis Wisconsin. I would like further training to be grounded in the Reformed faith and standards, to do what I am called to do in the Reformed church.