Sara Duffey firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Children's Ministry
Who is Sara Duffey?
Like us all, I too wear many hats.
Wife. Stay-at-home mommy. Giant goober. Homemaker. Jesus follower. Professional makeup artist. Living room dance-party champion. Big-dog lover. Business owner. Aspiring foodie. And... (drum roll please) director of Two Rivers Church children's ministry.
The glorious irony of the latter is that unlike most 30-something Christian parents who are active in their church community, I did not EVER attend a single day of Sunday School as a child. Shocking, right? (So how exactly am I qualified to teach and direct it? Well - read on.)
I grew up in a home where we celebrated an assortment of religious and cultural beliefs... and a range of traditions and heritage --- but I did not grow up with God. I found him much, much later in life.
Though I do have some fond memories of my early days, I have many hard ones too. My parents got divorced when I was in single digits. When I was 12, my father was diagnosed with brain cancer. He fought and he fought - like a true warrior... for a year and a half. In the end - it took his life. My dad died when I was just a freshman in high school. It broke my heart.
The next several years did not get any easier. Amidst struggling to figure out who I was, and where I might fit - in this crazy world, I was also trying to process losing my everything. If that wasn't challenging enough, tack on being bullied, teased, and finding my value in all the wrong places. Mush it all together and you have a recipe for some seriously yucky years.
I wish I could say that after a minor detour in suck-ville I discovered God and my life transformed into a giant field of roses. That my tears, strife, sin and pain were forever gone. (Insert halfhearted chuckle) But we all know that's not how life is. Nor is it how God intended it to be. Because if it were - we wouldn't need to go back to him... every moment, of every day.
The great news is - in college, I DID discover God. And yes, he DID change my life. Has it been all "roses" ever since? Oh of course not. Not even close! So what has shaped my life since I met Jesus? Well, I'm fairly certain that you don't have the time (or desire) to read an essay detailing the happenings of the last few decades of my existence. So here's a very quick and very condensed synopsis of the past 16 some-odd years since I met the Lord... After college many amazing things took place, here's 3 fun ones: 1) I became a Denver Nuggets dancer. 2) I discovered my true passion. 3) I met my amazing husband. (Woohoo!)
Aside from Jesus, my husband is truly the best thing that has ever happened to me. We have a beautiful daughter, Bella. She is something else!!! I love her so. More than I knew was even humanly possible. (I know every parent can relate.) God has used being a wife and a mom to transform my life and heart in SO many ways. Namely, he's shown me himself - and what a journey it has been. My life certainly isn't perfect, but my God is. He continues to grow and refine me each day.
I am so honored to have the joy and privilege of teaching our little ones about God. What exactly makes me qualified? The many years I have spent as a pastor's wife, small group leader, speaker, mentor and lay minister? No. None of those. To be honest, I don't believe I am qualified in my own right. God has given me a heart for him, and a heart for teaching others about him. I can only imagine how different my life might have been if I would have known that there was a God who loved me more than I could fathom. That because of him, I have purpose, value, hope and a future. I am blessed beyond measure to impart these profoundly life-altering truths to our precious children.