Rebecca grew up in Powder Springs, GA. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Berry College. After college, she spent five years serving in China, sharing Hope with the people of China as she taught English and studied the Chinese language. In her journey of discovering her identity in Christ, she recognized her skills and abilities in administration. Combining this with her passion for ministry led her to the job of Office Manager for New Life Design, where she has served since its beginning in 2007. Her warm smile and listening ear help our clients feel safe and comfortable. While not at work, Rebecca enjoys cooking, gardening, swimming, hiking, and reading. Rebecca and her husband, Joe, reside in Metro Atlanta.
In, 2004, I came back from serving in China exhausted, burnt out, sick, and depressed; yet, convinced that God was going to heal me and send me back to China the following year. Obviously, He had a different plan. Looking back now, I can see how He allowed the many medical issues and depression as part of His plan to humble, heal, and redirect me. Through my own counseling experience, God has dug deep inside to heal my heart, teach me who I really am, and show me the life of freedom He gives.
Praise God for the work of transformation that He has done and is continuing inside me!
Along with counseling, another tool God used to prune me was a teaching job. It was during this time that I experienced the worst of my depression and finally gave up trying to fix things myself in my way with my effort. I realized and accepted that it was not God’s plan for me to return to China. This didn’t make any sense to me; I was grieved and confused and lost. Nevertheless, I trusted God and began praying for direction, wondering what He wanted me to do next. All I knew was that teaching was definitely not it. God showed me through the teaching job how I was trying to become someone I’m not. I felt that my skills and abilities were insignificant, so I was trying to be someone else and develop more significant strengths. I was trying to convince myself that I liked teaching as I tried my best to make it work.
It was when I accepted myself the way God created me, with the strengths, skills, and passions He has given me, that God opened the door for me to be a part of New Life Design. Through much prayer, God has confirmed that this is where He wants me to be. I am delighted to be a part of helping others to find answers to some of the same questions I have asked:
Why is my life full of conflict and frustration instead of the peace and joy the Bible talks about?
How do I overcome fear and anxiety?
How can I live in victory instead of defeat?
Does God really love me?
Is He pleased with me?
How do I live above my feelings and circumstances?
Why am I so exhausted all the time?
Why am I not experiencing the abundant life Jesus promised?
The role God has given me in this ministry is that of Office Manager. I take care of the administrative and accounting needs so that Dana is able to focus on the life coaching.