Rev. Dr. Dawn Enderwood grew up on the prairies of Kansas. She attended the University of Kansas, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She continued her education and received a master’s degree in communication theory. She worked in the broadcasting industry before starting a family. After her daughters were in school she began teaching communication classes on the college level. In the late 1990s, she attended seminary at the Lutheran Seminary Program of the Southwest in Austin, TX. In 2013 she received her Doctorate in Ministry at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa. Pastor Dawn has three daughters, Quinn, Rachel and Anne. Pastor Dawn’s ministry centers on the words of Paul to the Ephesians: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.” (Eph 2:8-10) This means that we do not earn our way into God’s heart. God created us and loves us regardless of what we do. This is good news to all people. As Lutherans, we believe the best response to God’s blessings to us, is to share blessings with others. We might say: Pay it forward.
Stephanie Keegan-Moring joined the Lord of Life Staff in 2016. She is the choir director for the Putnam City North High School's Una Voce choir in Oklahoma City. She enjoys working with teenagers and believes that music is an integral part of their education. "Public schools are the cornerstone of society, and experiences like this make a difference in kids' lives and make them better citizens."
Queila (pronounced Kay-luh) Omena is our new Children’s Church Minister. Queila was born in Brazil. Her first trip to the U.S. was when she was six-years-old. She says her parents always encouraged her to visit the U.S. During high school, she was an exchange student in California. She has two brothers in Oklahoma, and so she made her way to Edmond for college. She has a degree in Professional Media from UCO and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Global Christian Leadership from Southwestern Christian University in Bethany. In 2017, while at UCO, she was awarded Journalist of the Year from the Oklahoma Collegiate Media Association. Queila is also an author; her book Broken to Blessed: An Encounter with God’s Healing and Purpose is available from Amazon.