I grew up moving all over the United States due to my father being in the United States Air Force. His last assignment before he retired was at Dyess Air Force Base here in Abilene. I am one of four children and all of my siblings (my older brother, younger sister and younger brother) still live here in Abilene, as do my parents. We always attended a United Methodist Church wherever we lived.
I married Jim Barela in 1981 and we have two children, Julia and Jacob; and three grandsons, Mason, Dean and Caleb. I enjoy spending time with my family (especially my grandsons), going to the beach, working in the yard, painting, and sports.
I joined St. Paul United Methodist Church in 1987 and became active in several committees, usually serving as the secretary. Our children, Julia and Jacob, also became active in children’s activities, then youth activities; and joining the church when they went through Confirmation Class.
I began working at St. Paul in 1991 as the Senior Pastor’s Secretary and have the pleasure of working with the whole congregation. My main objective is to give administrative support to the Senior Pastor and the members of the church.
Favorite Sport: Football
Favorite Saying: Lord, help me become the person my dog thinks I am.
Favorite Time of the Year: Fall. The weather is beginning to cool down, the colors of the trees change into beautiful browns, reds, yellows; and mostly, football season begins.