“If you could be on a team with pastors who shepherd the shepherds in God’s Kingdom, where would you serve?” Becoming a Shepherdess at Standing Stone Ministry was just right for me.
Dena is a pastor’s wife for over 40 years and has seen how the Lord Jesus Christ will meet needs at every level of ministry. She has been married for almost 50 years to Andrew, raised 7 children, and has 21 grandchildren. Care-giving to her family has been and continues to be a high priority. Dena has been primary caregiver for 5 members of her immediate family through illness and death—a beloved son being the most recent to be with the Lord. Her family history includes family members’ divorces, difficult financial reversals, personal health issues, and learning to have victory over discouragement, pain, and exhaustion through it all.
She has served the church as a trainer/teacher of marriage classes, Mom’s groups, Sunday School classes with her husband, and evangelistic outreach through Adult Evangelism Explosion and Kids’ EE at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. She assisted Andrew when he was Director of Crisis Marriage Programs for Marriage Dynamics Institute, a national ministry, and was co-trainer in many A New Beginning Workshops across the US for troubled marriages. Dena is a published author by Thomas Nelson in 1995 with her book, Connect With Your Kids For A Lifetime and has spoken on child-rearing methods to congregation at home and abroad.
Through it all, Dena has felt the profound comfort of the Lord Jesus. She desires to come alongside ministry leaders’ wives, who along with the joys of serving may experience anger, loneliness, and disheartenment with trying to balance life, family and ministry.
Dena knows those who serve Christ in leading ministry or a spouse who supports a ministry leader need the safe haven of someone who will listen to and understand what they are facing. Dena offers that kind of compassion, insight, and guidance.