Pam O’GwinDirector of Training – Discipleship Counselor – Conference SpeakerGrace Ministries InternationalNorth American Staff
I was raised in a Christian home and became a believer when I was 8 years old. I always went to church and I knew the Bible stories and all of the hymns. I had the knowledge of God’s love and Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. I learned as a teenager that Christ came “that I might have life and have it abundantly” which prompted my mission to achieve
that abundant life by doing all of the right things. After I was introduced to Precept Bible Study in my early twenties, I realized that Gods’ Word really did give life. The Word of God came alive to me as never before. I learned
about the character of God and the promises of God. I tried so hard in my own strength to live out what I read in Scripture. I really loved the Lord and I wanted to be pleasing to Him.
I married at a young age and we had two great boys and I felt so grateful and blessed. During the 17 years of marriage I tried very hard to be the best wife, mother, Christian, daughter, friend, neighbor, and tennis player! All of this effort of striving for the abundant life started to get me down and I became depressed because I felt like I could never measure up to MY standard. I had set the bar so high I could not attain it and I didn’t know how to rest in Christ for His strength. I felt like everything was up to me to figure out and live out. The result was depression and divorce.
During this time of grief, God showed me that He didn’t want me to work at having an abundant life, He want to be my Abundant Life. God began to heal me and teach me how to accept His invitation to “come to Me all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest..come and learn from Me…..and you will find rest for your soul.”
As time went on, I experienced God’s call to vocational ministry, so another journey began. After completing seminary I prayed for God’s direction. I knew that I wanted to be part of a ministry that taught believers and seekers how to discover and accept Christ for their very life. In 2004 a friend of mine told me about Grace Ministries International (GMI), so I looked them up and discovered that their passion and mission was also mine.
I attended a conference, a workshop, and met with several of the staff. I immediately knew that this was where God was calling me. I interned with GMI in the fall of 2005 and joined the staff in August 2006. It has been an amazing journey and God has guided me every step of the way. I have learned and am learning more of God’s faithfulness, truth and love as He leads me in relationship with Him and the people He brings into my path. This life is a life I could never achieve on my own. He alone is the One who meets our need for love, acceptance, worth, and security. He alone is worthy of praise!