A message from Lori Coffey
Greetings to you in the name of our risen Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ!
I consider it both an honor and a privilege to serve as the Registrar with Ministries of Pastoral Care. As Registrar, I connect with people from around the world who inquire about or register for one of our schools, and I am changed for the better after every encounter. The 2010 MPCS was an unforgettable experience for me! I had the distinct pleasure of getting to meet many of you face to face. I witnessed or heard about so many deep healings, people who were brought into wholeness because of the work of the Holy Spirit as experienced at the MPCS. God shows up in a powerful way at these schools!
As a child, I was raised unchurched. My faith walk began when I married into the Lutheran church and was baptized as an adult twenty years ago. I enjoyed the rich, liturgical heritage of the Lutheran tradition and considered myself an active church member. I was blessed to meet Gino Vaccaro in 2000 and he encouraged me to attend a PCM. It took several years of encouragement on his part and I attended my first PCM in 2004. This was a pivotal time in my walk with Christ, and my faith deepened by leaps and bounds! God healed me of fears that were keeping me from a closer relationship with Him. I received deep healing at that first PCM and I have never been the same since. I was privileged to attend my second PCM in 2007 and was amazed at the level of healing I received. Even though I had heard many of the teachings and testimonies before, I experienced them in a new way. It was as if God knew just what I needed to hear.
When I was approached with the opportunity to serve as MPC's Registrar, I jumped at the chance! I knew that God was calling me to serve in this capacity. I cannot tell you all the ways that I have been blessed in my role as Registrar, but I will list a few here. I have been deeply touched to receive vulnerably-written testimonies, prayer and praise requests from around the world. I experienced JOY serving with many of you last year who generously volunteered your time and talents at the conference. I was incredibly blessed to get the opportunity to spend time with the Prayer Ministers, Presenters, Core Team and Worship Team "behind the scenes." I could go on and on! I extend my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all of you because you make my job worthwhile.
When I'm not wearing my "MPC Registrar hat", I wear a few other hats: I have been married to my husband, Brian, for 22 years this June; I am the proud mother of three children, ages 10, 12 and soon-to-be 16; I am passionate about raising awareness of type 1 (juvenile) diabetes via the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (all 3 of my children have type 1 diabetes); and I recently became a confirmed member of the Anglican Church in North America. I am a lifelong Central Illinois resident and currently call Peoria home.
I feel SO EXCITED about the upcoming conference! While we will have many familiar faces giving the plenary sessions, we will have some amazing new people leading the conference as well! You have been introduced to several of these presenters in the recent emails, and we will continue to introduce you to presenters and various members of our team in upcoming emails. We are thrilled that Dedra Kaiser hasagreed to serve as the MPC Worship Director. It is my humble (although slightly biased J) opinion that whoever is able to be in attendance at the 2011 MPCS will be deeply blessed.
"May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it." 1Thessalonians 5:23-24
Yours in Christ,