Growing up as a pastor’s kid in Gary, Naomi grew very accustomed to a life that was full of people coming and going in need of ministry, and the diversity that came with being raised in an inner city community. Her heart for serving quite possibly came from the home in which she was raised, and she is so grateful. From a very young age her desire to serve and minister was evident. Many a time you would see her leading worship or serving in the community VBS, and a lot of “play/pretend” church was had between her and one of her five siblings.
Her heart is passionately devoted to living a life of intentional worship in all that she does, and ridding herself and others of the shame that would try to keep them from being all that they were destined to be. Rafael and Naomi met while serving on a worship team at a bi-lingual church. (Yes, Naomi can sing in Spanish!) Both have a heart for serving the Lord through actively serving the body.
Her family came to Bethel after hearing many positive things from people in different avenues of their lives. Rafael and Naomi stepped in for the first time in August of 2010 (on their 5th wedding anniversary date night) and sat in on one of the Friday night worship nights. Immediately they knew it was home, and they have never looked back. They have two children, Elliandra “Elli”, who is actively involved in the youth group, and Zachary who is the leader of the “pack” of kiddos playing before and after church. Their children love Bethel, and she and Rafael love how their children are being instilled with truths that will last a lifetime as they become more and more the world-changers they were created to be.
Naomi attended BSSM-Valparaiso in 2012-2013, and considers her community outreach time and the team’s mission trip to Haiti as pivotal points in her life. While also being a working mom, Naomi has been homeschooling their kiddos for nearly six full years now. Naomi was brought on staff at Bethel in April of 2017 as the Business Administrator, and looks forward to serving the place she has called home for these last seven years.
1. What are three words you would use to describe yourself? loyal, considerate and joyful.
2. What is one of your favorite quotes? “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis
3. What celebrity do you get told you look the most like? Reese Witherspoon.
4. What are some things on your bucket list? Go to Africa with my dad on a mission’s trip, travel around the world to different ministries – pour into them with physical work, then months after I leave, anonymously send large financial donations to them, write one or more worship songs, drive a 1965, candy-apple red, drop-top Chevy Mustang, go horseback riding on the beach, take a hot air balloon ride with my hubby, be completely debt free, go road-tripping across the U.S.
5. What do you love most about your job? I absolutely LOVE being able to be a part of a team that serves the body that our family has been a part of for seven years now. There is a lot of fulfillment in pouring in to the place and people that I hold very near and dear to me.