Strategic Outreach Minister
My name is Sarah and I’ve been the Strategic Outreach Minister here at Deer Park First since the very last week of June 2016, but leading missions endeavors has been my heart beat for years! I’m originally from southwest Florida where I grew up in what I like to call a “mixed” home…my mom was Jewish and my dad didn’t really claim any religion although he did go to a Christian church as a kid. But praise the Lord, my mom got saved, started taking me to church, and I got saved when I was seven and baptized shortly thereafter!
I grew up in the church but had never really been exposed to teachings related to sharing the gospel and mission work until I planted myself in a new town at a new church after college. I was teaching high school math and went on my first mission trip, and well, knew my life would be different, but couldn’t have imagined the adventure I’ve been on since!
After three years of teaching, I packed up and moved to North Carolina where I attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and received a Masters degree in Intercultural Studies. It was during this time where my “call” became solidified, to mobilize and train believers to be on mission both where they are and farther and farther away.
I was able to spend some time on the field church planting with a team through NAMB in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, right between Harrisburg (the capitol) and Hershey (the chocolate place) where I gained invaluable experience and got to see God’s hand at work in people’s lives in extraordinary ways. Before moving here to Texas, I also spent seven and a half years in Fort Smith, Arkansas serving in two local churches leading out in local evangelism and outreach projects and establishing partnerships to work all over the globe for the sake of Jesus’s name!
And now here at Deer Park First I am excited to see God’s hand already at work in so many ways and trust He is going to continue to move in our hearts to be on mission for Him. I’m excited to help our church Declare Christ in their homes, schools, workplaces, and more! We will continue to Develop Believers of Jesus here through various training avenues and opportunities to put our faith into action together. And I’m praying that we will be overwhelmed with God’s empowerment as we Deploy Disciples all over this city and to the ends of the earth!
I’d love to meet you in person, so come and join us and get in on the excitement and joy that can only be found in Jesus as we Live the Discipled Life together!