Hi, I’m Kristen!
My family and I live in Las Vegas, NV, where, in 2010, God called me and my husband, Ryan, to start a church with five adults and a golden retriever. In 11 years of marriage, God has led us to serve four churches in three states while raising three young children, including a daughter who we adopted from Ethiopia.
None of this—marrying a pastor, having two children before my second wedding anniversary, moving from the West Coast to Minnesota, supporting Ryan through seminary, adopting a baby from Ethiopia, moving back to the desert to start the very first Evangelical Covenant Church in Nevada, closing that church and joining forces with Verve Vegas—was in the meticulous plan I had for myself when I left Arizona State University in 2003 with a journalism degree and promising job as a magazine editor. However, through a thousand small steps of obedience—many made through fear and trembling—I have learned the value of being willing to go first and do what God says so that others can be inspired to live more intentionally with Jesus.
I write about it all right here.