Lorraine’s extreme gift of compassion and love for people is evident in every area of her life, including ministry – she also has the best candy in her office. Here’s what she had to say:
So what do you really do at the church? Hmmm, a bunch of stuff. Mostly, I get to care for individuals, couples and families in their practical, emotional, relational and spiritual needs. And do a lot of projects and “other duties as required”. My mission statement is “To lavish those in need with Christ-like compassion and servant care”, so I have my dream job!
What other jobs have you had? My first real job was in Collections. Yep, I was a bill collector and had to call people and demand they “pay up”. Not fun! I’ve also worked in Customer Service, Quality Assurance and Training Management. For a few years, I was a volunteer chaplain with Sac County Law Enforcement. In vocational ministry, I’ve also led Women’s Ministries for a couple decades, Spiritual Formation, Prayer Ministries, Small Groups, Compassion Ministries (outside groups) and Assimilation.
Tell us about your family. My tribe includes hubby Greg, daughter Ashley, son Brandon and his wife Shalisa, and first grandchild Silas Theodore. Oh, and Annie, our adorable Chihuahua. Silly side note: I’m 100% Swedish, and yes, I speak the language!
Favorite things: Reading, swimming, coffee dates, playing piano, singing, kayaking, playing with grandbaby and hanging out with family and dear friends. I’m an adventurer – I love to experience things. I love roller coasters, driving fast, traveling, action movies, zip-lining and a couple of new things –parasailing and dog sledding! And puppies. And classic rock. And chocolate, flowers, baby laughter, a good steak, the mountains, Christmas, driving around in the convertible on a summer evening, hope and Jesus.
Least favorite things: Snakes, dough cans that pop open, balloons (again, that pop), lima beans, sunburns, the flu, and hiccups. Tech problems, math, freezing and root canals. And unkindness and cruelty to both people and animals.
Favorite books, movies, stage productions, color, etc.: Invite me to coffee and I’ll tell you! Or, come visit me in my office and we’ll chat over some chocolate.
What Bible verse are you particularly drawn to? In recent years, it has been Ephesians 1:17, “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” I’m also fond of the Westminster Catechism, “A man’s chief end is to glorify God, and enjoy Him forever.”