Prior to graduation from Bible College, my ministry experience was in teaching Sunday school classes, evangelistic outreaches and church song-leading. Afterwards I joined a "Jesus People" ministry in Northern California (Gospel Outreach) and became a coordinator (shepherd) of one of their Christian communes. Later, I joined YWAM in Quebec (JEM), managed a coffee-house ministry for French youth, led another one in Montreal North, and before leaving JEM, ran their Christian bookstore.
Leaving youth missions with four children, I needed a job. Becoming an RN and working the ER met our growing family's financial needs. When I moved to Sacramento for another ER job, we were having our 9th child. Shortly thereafter, I cross-trained to L&D and kept helping moms deliver and nurse their babies until retired from nursing (2015). We ourselves continued to trust the Lord to fill our quiver, and ended up with 12 children.
When we moved to Sacramento, God led us to a Wesleyan church, and later, the Lord gave me a definite call to the ministry. As a ministerial student in that denomination, I helped plant a church in a large retirement community in January of 1996. Shortly after it began, I became its pastor and have remained so until today.