Teri Lynne Underwoodcomment (0)
May 9, 2013
Calvary Baptist Church, Russellville
Franklin Baptist Association
Favorite Verse: Psalm 19:14
Favorite Hymn: “My Jesus I Love Thee”
Hobbies: Reading, learning to crochet and spending time with family and friends
Family Status: Married to Scott (minister of music) since 1996; mother of Casiday
Teri Lynne Underwood (www.terilynneunderwood.com) is a writer, women’s ministry speaker and social media coach. She is the author of two books: “Parenting from the Overflow” and “Prayers from the Pews: The Power of Praying for Your Church.” She also co-authored “Self-Publish: Moving from Idea to Product” and writes a column for her local paper.
Q: What influences pointed you to Christ at the beginning of your faith journey?
A: As a pastor’s daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter, I suppose the more difficult question would be what influences didn’t point me to Christ. I’m one of those church kids who has been attending since nine months before I was born. In addition to my family’s strong influence, I have also been nurtured and encouraged by other faithful adults throughout my life.
Q: When and how were you led into the ministry?
A: Having grown up in the ministry, I knew what sort of stress and demands this life entails. In fact, like many pastor’s kids, I had promised I’d never marry a pastor. But the Lord had better plans, as always. When Scott and I married, I had begun my career in marketing and public relations and anticipated that my job would be my area of ministry. However, once we had our daughter ... I realized those gifts and abilities God had given me ... had been preparation for the speaking and writing ministry He has unfolded for me.
Q: What does the ministry demand?
A: As a women’s ministry speaker and Christian writer, the biggest demand I have found is making sure I’m keeping my priorities in place. It’s very easy to let reaching out to other women become the focus of my days. The Lord has been guiding me gently (and not so gently sometimes) to find the ideal blend of ministry both outside and inside my home.
Q: What do you get from the ministry?
A: I love the opportunity to encourage women. ... One of the themes the Lord has really stirred in me is to offer women permission to live well, to experience the abundant life He offers us. I find such joy in sharing that message and reminding women that having a full life sometimes means having a not-so-full calendar.