I was raised in a General Conference Mennonite home by my parents, Reinhard and Gerry Epp, along with my brother and sister. We moved around a lot when I was young because of my dad’s work. Our main stability was always our church community, no matter where we lived. This was very important to my parents, and as a result, has also become a very important part of my life. I am grateful for the good things that my early life with my parents instilled in me. Faith, simplicity, sharing good food with friends, the importance of community, empathy and compassion, just to name a few. These things are held fast by a deep respect for my Mennonite heritage along with the journey and faith that enabled my grandparents to endure some very difficult circumstances.
My family consists of my wonderfully supportive husband Art of 36 years. We have two married daughters and one son. We have four grandsons and one granddaughter. Parenting at this stage of the game is not always easy, but we continue to grow and learn in our parenting, loving and caring as we walk this journey with these amazing people we call our children and grandchildren. We are expecting another grandchild in January. I love being a Gramma! I also love learning, reading, traveling, eating Art’s pizza and pasta, enjoying great coffee, and being with my family and friends.
Presently, along with my work in SoulStream, I counsel and offer spiritual direction on a part time basis, and hang out with my family and have coffee with whomever wants to join me at Café Amarti! I have called Highland my church home since 2007. However, belonging has come in stages. The friends I have made here at Highland have taught me so much about acceptance, valuing one another, and I have been gifted by their vulnerability, listening ears, caring and so much grace. My hope for my life and particularly as part of Highland community, is to give some of that back to this community who so generously has given to me.
“To reveal someone’s beauty is to reveal their value by giving them time, attention, and tenderness. To love is not just to do something for them but to reveal to them their own uniqueness, to tell them that they are special and worthy of attention.” ― Jean Vanier, Becoming Human
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