James and Rachel Deines (Husband and Wife Team)
Position Title at SSUMC
What is your favorite scripture verse?
"Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4"
What keeps you working and worshiping at St. Stephen UMC?
Rachel has been a member of SSUMC since she her Grandfather started bringing her at age 7. Rachel started bringing James along and a couple of years ago James became a member. This is our home and our family.
One thing you like most about St. Stephen UMC.
The friendliness and helpfulness of the congregation
What exactly do you do at St. Stephen UMC?
We are the youth directors for grades 6-12. We teach Sunday School and Youth on Sunday nights. .
What is your favorite aspect of ministry?
Teaching our future leaders the word of God.
When did you know you wanted to serve God by going into ministry?
I truly believe we are ALL working in God's ministry in some way or fashion. I've been called to church ministry and it has been most apparent in children's ministry. When I started volunteering in children's ministry 15 years ago I was made aware of my spiritual gifts of leading and teaching but most importantly I was made aware that I have a passion for equipping and helping others do the same.
Tell us a little about your family.
James had a very hard childhood. He has always had a passion to help youth find their way. When the position opened, he looked at his wife and said, God is calling me to this ministry.
Any spiritual gifts we should know about?
It is a blessing to recognize my gifts. It took quite a bit of praying, patience and learning to even understand what some of my gifts meant. As I keep growing, so do my gifts. My spiritual gifts are administration, giving, mercy/compassion, faith, discernment, pastoring, servant leadership, craftsmanship/artisan, and encouragement.
Tell us a little about your family
We are the proud parents to our daughter Haley, son Jameson, and our heavenly son Liam.
How did you two meet?
We met while working at Arlington Memorial hospital.