I am a wife, homeschooling mother of three daughters, educator, editor, and writer who looks at each day as an opportunity to see God write new chapters in my life as the author and finisher of my faith. My passion is to share this journey with others — and partner with emerging Christian communicators who want to share their stories of faith — as a testimony to God’s amazing grace, unconditional love, and desire to continually shape us into the image of Christ. 

My first professional career was in journalism. I was an executive editor for a national technology weekly magazine based in San Francisco, where I worked through the highs and lows of the dot-com boom (and bust) for seven years. I have a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where I was editor of the prototype publication BusinessLink. I also have a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications, with an emphasis in print journalism, from Oral Roberts University, where I was editor of the university yearbook, writer for the university newspaper, and student association communications coordinator. I also met my future husband Kenny Gotcher while at ORU!

After leaving the journalism world in 2002 to become a work-at-home mother, I was a freelance editor and writer, and I started a business as an independent beauty consultant for Mary Kay. For seven years, I held the position of Sr. Sales Director for a team of inspiring entrepreneurial women until the Spring of 2011, when I decided to focus on home educating my three daughters and reconnect with the writer in me. The freelance projects I worked on during that time ranged from community projects (publicity and newsletter publishing for local MOPS and homeschool groups) to supporting small business owners with marketing, content development, and networking projects.  

In 2011, I also started the blog NextGen Homeschool with my homeschooling sister and two sisters in law, where we tackled homeschooling topics from our unique perspective as formerly homeschooled parents who were now homeschooling our own children. In the years that followed, I continued to write and edit content for NextGen Homeschool, share about my own faith journey on my personal blog (A New Chapter), contribute content to other faith-based websites, and homeschool my three daughters. My plate was pretty full, but I managed to squeeze in a few editorial projects to support friends and faith-based organizations that meant a lot to me.

When my family joined a unique homeschool partnership program called Artios Academies in 2015, I took a break from freelance work to focus on being an active partner in developing the new Artios campus in our town. Artios partners with homeschooling families who are looking to integrate the arts with academic subjects, all while keeping a biblical worldview. It was the perfect fit for our artsy girls and gave me a chance to teach history and literature in the classroom once a week. By the end of that first year, I had also become interim campus director. That summer, my husband and I decided to take over ownership of the campus with the goal of establishing Artios as a solid homeschooling partner in our community.

Running our Artios campus for the next three years while homeschooling our daughters filled my plate, and I watched God nurture amazing growth in them and in the families we partnered with. However, our family also walked through some of the most painful valleys I’ve ever faced during those years.  After much prayer and counsel-seeking, I knew God was leading me to trust the campus into His care and let go. I needed to make room to heal, to be still and listen, and to trust that He was working all things for our good.

This year, God has reignited my passion for sharing stories of hope and healing with a deeper understanding of how important those stories of faith are to the reader. I’ve been on the receiving end of a lot of hope-filled wisdom and inspiration thanks to women who have vulnerably shared their journeys with me, and during my darkest days, their words were truly heaven sent.

However, this time the Lord has also opened doors to partner with emerging Christian writers in need of professional guidance to create and refine their own stories of faith. After working on a few such projects this year, I’m incredibly grateful and blessed by the opportunity to walk alongside women who are being obedient to their calling to share and encourage others for His greater glory.  I look forward to partnering with more writers and communicators as God leads us together in service to Him.

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…” — Revelation 12:11a