I am a certified elementary school teacher and veteran mom to three amazing boys who are fast becoming young men. My husband Doug and I have spent our Family Years as part of the ministry community at Nyack College. Because I believe God’s design is for faith to grow in a family setting, my mission as Director of Children’s Ministries is to support and encourage an intentional, invested faith-walk for parents, and to equip parents, together with the church, to guide their children toward a faithful understanding of their true purpose and place in God’s family.
Growing up in the 1950's, I was deeply touched by the story of Ann Frank, and thoroughly confused by the horrors of the Nazi extermination camps. I felt driven to understand how "normal" people could participate in atrocities, and how a good God could allow such things. Thus began my lifelong fascination with human psychology, and my pursuit of understanding if Jesus is who He says He is.
After a long and satisfying career as a social worker, I find myself being led to continue using my desire to help others in a new way. And so, I have accepted the position of Mercy Coordinator at All Souls Church! In this role, I hope to come to understand how the church can more deeply intersect with the needs of the church body and outlying community, and to help the church leaders develop plans that are effective in reaching more and more people in need.
I have found that the wisdom of Proverbs 11:25, "he who refreshes others is himself refreshed,” is true. It is in serving that we find life. And, I have found that Jesus IS who He says He is. As Corrie Ten Boom, survivor of the camps, said, "There is no pit so deep that God's love is not deeper still."
Hello, I’m Rachel Misselbeck, the Office Manager here at All Souls. I have extensive experience in communications, design and management but most people know me for wearing my heart on my sleeve and marching to the beat of my own eclectic drum. My favorite company are those who don’t attempt to appear all put together in their flawed humanity. I’m unabashedly in their camp.
I married a great guy and together we fumble our way through raising four kids—yes, four kids is a lot of kids. We mostly hope for two things—that they would not live in a godless world and for them to know they’re loved and have a place of belonging at home--no matter what.
As much of a gift as family and friends are, it pales in comparison to knowing Christ. Gerard Manley Hopkins writes, “The world is charged with the grandeur of God.” In the dips and peaks he is present, intimately close and intricately involved. It is a wonder to both behold and experience. I will always be hook-line-and-sinker for the Gospel.
Why does any of that matter? Because I get why we’re here, and that translates even into the mundane tasks of spreadsheets. I’m more than glad to be a part of this team.