DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY
How I came into relationship with Jesus Christ
I came to know Jesus Christ as my personal Savior when I was 8 years
old. I was in the kids’ church program at my family’s church, and my mom
was the Kids’ Director at the time. She gave an invitation for anyone who
wanted to receive Jesus into their heart, and I decided to respond right
there and then!
What I do at Mosaic Community
I have the privilege of working with a team of volunteers to lead our Kids’ Church every Sunday. Our Kids’ Church is for kids from birth all the way up through 5th grade. With the help of an awesome team of volunteers, we are able to have a Bible story time, authentic worship, small groups, and prayer. We are always looking for more people who have a heart for Jesus and are able to love on kids.
Why I do what I do
I graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. I then went on to receive my Master’s degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Children & Family from University of Illinois at Chicago.
In 2007 I married the love of my life Nick Pucel. He’s always been the pursuer, and really showed me the love of Jesus in a real way, as he swept me off my feet from the day I met him. We have the joy & blessing of parenting four truly unique and special kiddos. Elijah, born in 2010, is our oldest and our leader who loves to read and discover new things. Norah, born in 2013, is our sweet, compassionate princess who would wear a dress every day of her life if I let her. Kylah, born in 2016, has got some spunk in her step, and has already earned her wings as our little social butterfly. And last, but certainly not least, Micah, born in 2018, moves a bit slower than the rest, but loves his siblings, and is quite the happy, cuddly little boy.
People would be surprised if they knew...
I am a risk-taker, believe it or not. I love high-flying, whirling twirling roller coasters, a danger driven electric scooter ride in the city, fly back and forth on the water while tubing with my kids, and look forward to the day I can ride on a hot-air balloon, or parasail, or zip-line!! Bring it on!!!
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
If I had to choose one meal to have every day for the rest of my life, I think I would choose TACOS! They NEVER get old!
A favorite childhood memory
As I child, one memory that makes me smile when I think about it, is when I was in 4th grade and we took a two week family vacation to California and back. We did some fun camping, and lots of exploring, but one special time, when we were in the Rockies, my dad got this great idea that we should run down the snowy mountains barefooted! Let me just add, that neither he nor my mom joined us. In fact, my mom wasn’t a big fan of the idea, but then proceeded to film the whole event, from the car. Yes, it was cold...very cold...but very memorable. Like I said, I’m a risk-taker.
In high school I was in the color guard, which is much more than just twirling flags. This was a very time-intensive “sport” that was year round. As Marching Band ended, winter guard began. I loved every bit of it. But what you might not know is that I learned how to spin and throw a rifle and saber, catching it after it spun in the air 8 rotations. Not an easy task, but such a fun way to meet people and be challenged in new and big ways!
Favorite place you've visited
My family had an exchange student live with us for 9 months when I was in junior high. He was from Belgium. It’s been such a blessing to carry on our relationship with him and his family even after his year of studies ended in the US. One of my favorite places that I’ve had the opportunity to visit was definitely Belgium. How awesome for my husband and I to travel to Belgium and meet Ben’s family and enjoy their hospitality as they now hosted us!