My husband Bobby and I have been in ministry for thirty-one years. My husband has been in several staff positions and has pastored two churches. We have co-pastored for the past 16 1/2 years.When he accepted his second staff position we were living in Hagerstown, MD. At that time I held a position as Marketing/Business Development Director in a local bank and had been working in the financial industry for over ten years. My husband's position required us to relocate to Springfield, VA.The cost of living in the metropolitan area at that time was very expensive. I found a position in a bank but was required to commute one hour and 15 minutes one way each day to work. Our children were enrolled in the private academy at the church and my hubby took them back and forth to school each day. Often times I would not arrive home until after 7 p.m. because of my responsibilities at my job and the dreaded commute. Needless to say my involvement in our ministry and church was very limited.
At that time women were just beginning to climb the corporate ladder in the corporate world. After my second year of employment with this organization I received a promotion to Vice President of Marketing/Business Development and received a substantial raise. My career was very important to me during those years. I admit God wasn't the first priority in my life even though I was a pastor's wife. That subject is for another time and another blog.