My parents bought River Oaks Fishing Lodge in Kingsland when I was two years old. I was raised loving the outdoors and the Lord. Often my family would walk across the field and we would climb through the barbed wired fence to get to the Community Church on Sunday. I remember winning awards for Sunday School attendance, babysitting in the nursery and leading youth group, but all that changed when I left for college. I am sad to say that for the majority of my early adult years, church was not a part of my life. I lived in Dallas, moved to California and did some exciting things, but it was as if a veil had dropped over my spiritual eyes. I ignored the most important part of my life, my relationship with God.
A couple of years after I moved back to the Hill Country, my daughter Charli was born. I had experienced some pretty tough life lessons, and a friend convinced me to go to church. Those first few times in church, all I could do was cry… I knew I had returned home. During a spiritual retreat called the Walk to Emmaus I re-committed my life to Christ and I pledged to be a warrior for Him. I have been in full-time ministry for 15 years working with adults and children in many different settings. Some of that work has included working with the homeless, adults in recovery from addiction and the Kairos prison ministry. I’ve spent the majority of my time in children’s ministry. My goal is to plant those same seeds in the children that brought me back to the Lord.
My rebellion kept me outside of the Lord’s house for a long time, but through those experiences He has given me a heart for the broken. I know from my own experience that God never gave up on me, and we should have the same mindset for others. I try to see people as God sees them, not as they are, but as they can be. I pray that He will guide and empower us here at Packsaddle to impact the people of this community in ways that we could never imagine.
I am so blessed to be married to Gerald Kaspar. We have three beautiful daughters. Tiffany is married to Jason Smith, Brittney has completed her masters in education, and Charli has recently graduated from the UT law school. Gerald and I were the first couple to be married at Packsaddle Fellowship, and we are excited about the future of this young church. During deer season you will find us hunting on the ranch in Llano!