Church: Member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
Who’s in your family? My husband is Clark, a family practice physician. Our son is Travis, 23, a recent University of Georgia graduate who was just selected for Officer Candidate School; and our daughter Morgan, who’s graduating in May from Georgia College & State University, and will marry Ryan Pye in June. She’s 21.
How did you come to faith? It was a journey. I spent many years attending church but not understanding salvation. When we moved back to Fort Benning in 1990, Clark was deployed to Iraq. I was left to care for our two small children. Through this separation, I realized there was a void in my life. I experienced fear, anxiety and worry. I prayed to invite Christ into my life and into my heart. This verse was very important to me at that time: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) Like other verses, the meaning of it changes as time goes by.
Where do you work? I am a personal trainer and fitness director at the Country Club of Columbus. I retired from teaching group fitness classes for 25 years last year and have been developing my nutrition and weight loss company, Weight Loss Complete. I am moving my office in the next week or so from my Gold’s Gym location to inside the Quest Pilates Studio that is opening at the St. Elmo shopping center at Lakebottom Park.
Why is personal fitness important to you? Part of it is what we think about it from a biblical standpoint. To train ourselves as Christians is not much different than training as an athlete. I’ve always looked at fitness that way. I became a physical fitness instructor by accident, and I consider it a mission field. I have some very dear friends I’ve worked with over the years. I started teaching group fitness for the first time in 1984.
How do you view struggle? As an opportunity to move toward God. God pulls back the curtains one at a time and reveals the sin in my life. He continues to teach me about that. Other struggles have been with relationships whether it is raising children, caring for a sick parent or being married. All of these struggles have helped my spiritual growth, improved relationships and has made me recognize my need for the gospel. Our pastor Bill Douglas used to say that he would pray for us to become desperate — when things are great and life is wonderful, we may not feel the need for God, church, quiet time and prayer.