Faith Journey

I first learned Jesus loved me when I was nine. A woman in our neighborhood of dirt roads invited all the children to her house for Bible stories and refreshments. The more I heard, the more I knew I needed to know Jesus. Not only, according to John 3:16, does God love us so much that He sent His Son Jesus to bring us into relationship with God. Jesus—through His crucifixion, burial, and resurrection—conquered death. At the same time, He made it possible for those who follow Him to be forgiven for living outside God’s design.

I asked God to forgive me for living against Him. Then I asked God to make Jesus the ruler of my life. This decision has guided my life and brought immeasurable joy.

You can find more about having a relationship with God through Jesus here.

Claudean with her puppies

Claudean enjoys working with her King Charles Cavalier puppies and dogs.

Christmas in August

Claudean enjoys helping churches explore learning about missions. This church celebrated Christmas in August by collecting school supplies for a church working with an impoverished school.

Claudean graduates from Gateway Seminary

In 2023, Claudean graduated from Gateway Seminary, Rocky Mountain Campus, with a Master of Theological Studies. Her education is reflected in her writing and speaking.

Writing and Speaking

Three aspects of my life have woven together in sometimes unexpected ways. My faith in Jesus Christ, love for the written word, and joy of teaching have been connected to nearly every significant opportunity God has given me.

Women in the local Southern Baptist church in which I grew up taught me how to love and follow Jesus. They taught me to love people around me and share Jesus with them. Those ladies planted a seed that grew into a love for missions in its various forms and for the people who serve. Those seeds sprouted and now I tell the stories of missionaries and church planters.  I write for Mission Journey Kids, Missions Mosaic, and other pieces for Woman’s Missionary Union and Colorado Baptists.

I remember playing school, teaching pretend students and grading their papers. In high school and college, I was a camp counselor at missions camps and fell in love with middle school-aged children. I earned a bachelor’s degree in middle school education and a master degree in reading with an emphasis in middle school education. I was grateful to have taught 25 years at Windsor Middle School. Even before I retired, I served as a Literacy Missions Basic Workshop Leader equipping local churches to teach adults to read better and helping students who struggle in school. After retirement, I was asked to coordinate the Literacy Missions efforts of Southern Baptist state conventions. That has kept me teaching and updating curriculum.

In addition to writing about missions and creating missions curriculum, I write articles and devotions. I earned a Master of Theology degree from Gateway Seminary, Rocky Mountain Campus, in 2023.

Much of my speaking experience involves speaking about missions and literacy ministry and teaching Literacy Missions Basic Workshops.