By Cheryl Baird
As we have been journeying through this series in Exodus, I have encountered the faithfulness of God. When Mary Ellen Slefinger announced she was leaving her role here and moving to Florida, I felt a deep sadness and loss. Yet, in the midst of that loss, God kept reminding me, through His word, that He will provide. Just this week, we see a very tangible example of His provision for Wellspring in the hiring of Joyce Dalrymple as our Director of Discipleship and Connection. Here is a letter from Joyce to help you get to know her a bit. Join me in welcoming Joyce to the Wellspring family!
“I am excited to join Wellspring as the Director of Discipleship and Connection. I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia to Chinese immigrant parents. I graduated from college in California, where I met my now-husband, Tim. We have been married for 19 years and have three sweet and spirited daughters, ages 11, 8, and 5.
My first career was as a television journalist in New Jersey, where I covered current events for the nightly news cast. Then we moved to Boston, where I attended law school and began my second career as an attorney. Through it all, God has always given me great joy in ministry. I have always been active in church, discipling women and leading Bible studies. But it was not until four years ago that I felt called to vocational ministry. My father accepted Christ on his deathbed and was baptized just a few days before he passed away. It was during this time of my deepest joy and grief that I told the Lord I wanted to devote the rest of my life to vocational ministry.
God opened the door for me to serve on staff in women’s ministry at Perimeter Church, a large church known for its life-on-life missional discipleship program. I led the newcomers bible studies, working mothers ministry, and widows group at Perimeter. This past year, I served as the Minister of Discipleship and Women at Reconcile Church, a multi-ethnic church plant in Duluth, Georgia. In May, I earned a Masters of Divinity from Metro Atlanta Seminary.
When we moved to Wheaton for my husband’s job this summer, I prayed that God would lead us to a church home where I could also serve on staff. I felt at home as soon as we attended our first Sunday service here. I love being in a place where people of different backgrounds and generations are worshipping God together. God has been writing a beautiful story of reconciliation here, and I feel so grateful that God has led me and my family here.”