How I came into relationship with Jesus Christ I was born and raised in Oregon with Christian parents who were involved in a Gospel centered, God glorifying church. I accepted Christ as a child after hearing Billy Graham speak. Then we moved to Indiana when I was a teenager. Without the support of the Christian friends and church I had in Oregon I struggled to live out my faith. During my freshman year of college at Taylor University I turned over full control of my life to God. He began to change me—He gave me a thirst for His Word and a passion to serve Him that has not gone away.
How I came to Harvest Our family was deeply involved with an inner city church for 15 years prior to coming to Harvest. God showed both my husband and I that our time with that body of believers was over. We ended well and began our search for a new church. We had friends who were new members at Harvest who invited us to visit. From the beginning we were drawn to the Gospel centered preaching and unashamed worship of Christ and have not looked back since.
What I do at Harvest I have the privilege of leading the children’s ministry at Harvest. I recruit, train, and support our volunteer staff of workers.
Why I do what I do We have a short time to live on this earth and it is my desire to make an impact while I am here. I love children and getting the chance to effectively share the Gospel with them on a weekly basis is a privilege that I don’t take for granted. Phil. 1:27
At Harvest since Fall 2010
On staff since Summer 2013
Previous work Elementary school teacher
Favorite verse Philippians 2:1-11
Married to Matt Helmkamp since 1991
Children Mitchel, Ally, Josiah and Scott
What I Do For Fun Love to snow ski in the winter & be on the lake in the summer