Reconciling Pentecostals International
Debbie grew up in Louisiana, where she was blessed to have several generations of Christian family. She and her family were members of the Southern Baptist Church. They actively lived for God, participating in a variety of church events including revivals, church camps, prayer meetings, and mission trips. At the age of 12, Debbie gave her heart to the LORD. She recognized that God had a call on her life to a special ministry which she believed was to work as a foreign missionary. As Debbie began to study the Bible, she began to seek God about the Pentecostal experience mentioned in the book of Acts. Finally, after several months of prayer and study, she was filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues, just like the people did in the book of Acts. At that time, she was 16, and had never seen or heard anyone speak in tongues. Soon after that, Debbie began attending the local Assembly of God church.
It was there that she recognized her call to the ministry and met other women who were also in ministry. She soon began ministering in her local church, as well as other surrounding churches. In 1977, Debbie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in education. While in college, she had visited many different Pentecostal churches. After much prayer and study, she was baptized in water in the name of Jesus, and began attending the United Pentecostal Church. Over the next several years, Debbie continued to minister in a variety of positions including interim pastor, Christian Education Director and home missions. In 1983, Debbie spent time working in a home mission church on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. This led to her moving to Odessa, Texas, the next year. She continued to teach school and work in ministry, until she retired from teaching in May of 2011.
In 2001, Debbie became a licensed minister with Reconciling Pentecostals International, when she was ordained as a charter member at the first RPI ordination service. Soon after that, she was elected to serve for several years on the RPI Board of Presbyters. She later left that position to dedicate more time to pastoring. In 2002, God led Debbie to found New Song Fellowship in Odessa, Texas, which she was blessed to pastor for the next 17 years. God did a mighty work there. Many people received salvation, deliverance and healing, as well as finding a church home and family. After living in Odessa for over 35 years, Debbie felt God was leading her to resign as pastor and move back to Louisiana. In February 2019, Debbie returned to Louisiana to rest, spend time with family and seek God for new direction.
In November 2021, Debbie was elected to serve once again as an RPI Presbyter. She was also selected to serve as the Education Director for the RPI Bible College. She looks forward to working with ministers as they pursue their ministry training.