Growing up in a Christian home, I developed a relationship with Jesus at an early age. Since I was a teenager, people found me easy to talk with; they would share their concerns for advice and prayer. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in 1984 in Psychology and Sociology. I graduated from Bethel Seminary with a M.Div. degree in 1996 in Pastoral Care and Counseling. In 1996, I also received my Pastoral license to preach from the Assemblies of God and in 2015, I was ordinated through the Assemblies of God denomination.
Even though I grew up in a Christian home and attended church, there were areas in my life that I felt blocked and my relationships hindered. Sometimes, I even felt blocked in my relationship with God. I seemed to have the same or similar struggle and pattern in relationships, as if I attracted “difficult" people. I didn’t seem to have the “abundant” joyful life scripture described.
While at Bethel Seminary, I was the Assistant to a Counseling Pastor at local Minnesota Church, from 1991-1998. In this Church, I was a prayer minister, facilitator of Elijah House schools and mentored 50 lay prayer ministers. When I went through the Elijah House school (http://ElijahHouse.org) the Biblical principles taught, transformed my life. I learned the concept of bitter root judgments and expectations and realized this was why I continued to “reap” the same patterns in my life, even though I knew the concept of forgiveness. I started to change and “let go” of wounds in my childhood, which let me “grow up” and mature in my walk with God and those around me. I began to understand Ephesians, especially Ephesians 4:17-24. As I allowed God to show me the wounds, I was still holding onto from my childhood, He brought healing and helped me let go of the negative decisions I had made in my heart. As I “let go” of these negative decisions, my relationships with others and with God began to change. I began to “grow up” in ways I had not been able to before.
In 1998, Papa God asked, “Lois, do you want to go on an adventure?” And I asked Him, “what does that mean?” And the adventure began.
In November of 1998, I was asked to join the Elijah House training department Staff in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho where I mentored 60 national facilitated schools (These schools are taught by alumni in different states). In 2002, I became the Director of Training overseeing live and facilitated schools both in the US and International. By 2009, I had the privilege of mentoring 250 North American facilitators, who offered training and prayer ministry in their areas. During this time, I had the privilege to watch students and facilitators ‘catch’ how to pray for people as well as receive healing themselves. I love watching people connect the dots on how they've broken the law of God with the decisions in their heart which explains the difficulty in their relationships and areas of their lives.
In April, 2011, God asked me to move back to Minnesota to be part of the revival that is coming. He told me He would establish me in one location and I would offer prayer ministry, teaching Elijah House schools; training people “how to do prayer ministry” and mentor alumni. In 2012, I founded Healing Hearts; Changing Lives. I believe revival happens when broken relationships, wounded hearts are healed and changed. As hearts are healed, people start to change and relationships are restored, not only with people around them, but they also develop a deeper relationship with God. As people change and relationships start to change, other people notice and want to know how they can change as well. Then their relationship is changed and restored with God and others…and the reconciliation starts to happen.
I have the privilege of working with individuals, marriages, children, from many different denominations and many churches. In ministering to the wounded areas in a person’s life, I see lives change, habits change, relationships restored. As the wounds from childhood are healed people are able to grow up in areas they’ve been stuck in. They are truly able to “take off their old nature” and allow God to “put on their new man” (Ephesians 4:22-24).
" 21 ...if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness" (Ephesians 4: 21-25 NKJV).