When did God become more than a word to you?
Sometimes I wish I had a more poignant story, but I just have this consistent story. I was raised in the church. As a young child and a child of adoption, my testimony starts with the concept of God as a father in heaven. I vividly remember my mom had a conversation with me when I was about four-years-old to explain how God was my father in heaven. From that point forward I held on to that reality with a child-like faith. God, my father, became part of my identity, particularly because I was adopted. In fact, I remember the first time I played piano in church. I was six-years-old and had never taken a lesson. I watched the children’s choir director playing the piano part to the song They’ll Know We are Christians by Our Love. I went home and on the old, upright piano that my parents had recently bought, I figured it out. I then told my mother that I was going to accompany the choir on Sunday. My mother promptly freaked out and called the choir director. Fortunately, the choir director had faith and let me perform. Later, as a pre-teen, I made a more adult decision to accept Christ as my Savior, and my identity in Christ has continued to evolve.
What do you do as the Worship Arts Director?
I am responsible for all aspects of the church’s worship experiences on Sundays and special occasions. Working with the pastor, I help plan the order of worship. I recruit, oversee and disciple worship leaders, from children to adults and ensembles. I also plan and execute the décor throughout the church. I coordinate the volunteers who provide the church’s hospitality ministries, including Sunday morning fellowship time, Wednesday night meals and special events. Finally, I am in charge of large event planning, and I am the director of our Vacation Bible School.
What is something people may not know about you?
I was a public school music teacher, and I am a Mary Kay consultant.
What are some of your favorite things?
Spending time with my family, teaching children, traveling with my husband David, and reading and singing with my grandson Landon.
Email Janna at firstname.lastname@example.org