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Beth strives daily to stop “doing” so much for God, and instead, to simply spend time “being” with God. When Beth is asked to describe herself, she often replies that she is PWLawyerMom – she is a pastor’s wife (“PW”), a lawyer, and a mom of three amazing kids. Although PWLawyerMom is an accurate description of Beth’s roles in society, it is not who she is. Beth strives to live a different life – to not be so consumed with “doing” that she forgets what it means to simply “be.”
Beth has also struggles with trauma in her life, and it is her deepest desire that God will redeem her suffering. Beth strives to put her struggles into words when she writes and speaks, and she prays that God will use the “rubble of [her] past” to “rebuild the foundations …. [so that she’ll] be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again.” (MSG, Isaiah 58).
Beth is married to Michael, Executive Director and Pastor at Project:Re3. Beth is blessed with three amazing kids. Beth is a lawyer at an academic medical center, and she lives in Kernersville, North Carolina. Beth’s family loves board games, doing anything outside, and short-term mission trips.
Living the Re3 Life (Keynote or multi-message) – In Isaiah 58, God promises that he will use the “rubble of past lives to… rebuild the foundations from out of your past. You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again.” (MSG, Isaiah 58). Many of us feel worthless and inadequate to change the world because of the mistakes of our past. Beth shares how God has used the trauma, shame, and the heartache of her past to transform her life as well as lives around her.
I Am Called Mom, Wife, Daughter, Friend, Lawyer, and Pastor’s Wife, But Who Am I? – Beth has struggled with balancing the responsibilities of a mother, wife, pastor’s wife, attorney, friend, and family member. Somewhere along the way, Beth lost sight of who she was. She was so consumed with being who everyone else wanted her to be, that she forgot to nourish the person God created her to be. As a recovering “people pleaser”, Beth shares her struggle to embrace God’s love and grace for the person she is, not the person she desires to be. Beth shares the heartache and pain of letting go of expectations and perfectionism, and explores her need to always be “doing” instead of simply “being.”
Seeking Justice in an Unjust World – As a lawyer, Beth has a deep desire for justice. Through mission work, Beth has witnessed injustice and felt powerless to bring justice in a world that is hurting. When Beth was the victim of a crime, she experienced injustice personally. In this talk, Beth shares her painful struggle to find justice in a broken world.
You Have Power To Change The World – A Guide To Short Term Missions (Keynote or multi-message) – Beth has traveled across the US, to the Lakota and the Northern Cheyenne Reservations, to Mexico City, to San Salvador and to Uganda. These trips have taught Beth that we all have power. Beth shares how to live a life of power and overcome fear, doubt, and negative self-talk. Beth also gives practical advice on how to find missionaries and organizations that align with your passions, how to research and prepare for a trip, how to fund raise, and how to overcome anxiety that you may face before a short term mission trip. Beth challenges us to embrace our power, use it for change, and transform our world.
Suffering In Silence – My Mental Breakdown – Beth is acutely aware of the pain and loneliness that individuals experience as they battle depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental health issues. Even though these illnesses can be as devastating as cancer or other physical health issues, the majority of people suffer alone. Despite the devastating impact mental illness has on families, there generally are no Caring Bridge pages set up for support, and no one brings you a chicken pie while you recover from mental illness. Beth shares her painful struggle with mental health issues and shares practical tips that have helped her on her journey to recovery.
Parenting Without Guilt – As a mother of three, Beth has humorous and heartbreaking stories of life in the trenches with kids. Beth shares how she spent the early years of motherhood crippled by guilt and insecurity, and she shares lessons her children taught her about forgiveness, giving up control, and embracing the joy of life.
Weary Working Mother – As a professional working mother of three, Beth has struggled with the challenges unique to working mothers. Beth shares her struggle with guilt, self-doubt, and the fear that she is failing at her job, as a wife, and as a mother. Beth offers encouragement and lessons that she has learned on her journey.
Original Workshops and Topics – Beth also develops customized workshops and talks around themes you select
Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Juris Doctor, cum laude, May 2001
Salem College, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, Chemistry, May 1997
Senior Counsel at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
Triad Women in Business Award Recipient, Triad Business Journal (2014)
North Carolina Women of Justice Award Recipient, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly (2014)
Speaker: Various employment law conferences, women’s retreats, and church events
Writer: Contributor to Encouragement Café, Project:Re3, and legal journals
Contributing author to Encouragement Café online devotionals
Author of blog: Free To Be (www.pwlawyermom.org)