Michelle met Spencer through serving together in youth ministry in a Rhode Island Christian church and has been with Cordtsen Design since April of 2018. She studied Psychology for 5 years at Salve Regina University (then College) and URI but changed direction and spent her post-college years in many different customer service-related fields and positions, always seeking new adventures and experiences. Her longest career was 10 years in full-time social media and internet marketing for her husband’s website business and clients, cutting back in the 11th year to marketing for select clients only.
Facts about Michelle:
Where were you born and raised? I was born in Anaheim, California while my Dad was serving in Vietnam, and because he was a career US Army officer, we spent my childhood and teen years moving a lot — a new school every year from 5th through 12th grade. But I spent the most time in Georgia (ages 7-16), attending 6 different schools. And I loved it!
Do you have any brothers or sisters? I have three younger brothers, including one who passed away in 2015.
What is your favorite place in Rhode Island? Three places right now: Jamestown Bridge first thing in the morning on my way to work and then on my way home. Glorious! The second is Beavertail in Jamestown, especially at sunset. The third is home with my husband Scott.
Who has made the biggest impact in your life and how? Jesus Christ – because He reconciled me to God, and not because of anything I did, but because of what He did on the cross. And when I first believed and received Him by faith, I was not only changed in that very that moment, but the Holy Spirit continues to change me as I read the Bible for godly wisdom, fellowship with other Christians, and live by faith. What an abundant life! “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6) “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.” [Jesus in John 15:10) “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
Where do you see yourself in five years? Wherever I am, I’ll be. I’ll just keep walking, growing, and listening to God as I live out this next season of my life. I have no idea where that will lead me tomorrow, much less in 5 years!
What is your personal mission statement? To live every day as if it’s my last, not wasting time so I don’t live in regret.
Where in the world would you like to explore? I’ve always wanted to travel the entire country in an RV with my husband Scott and see every National Park, visit small towns, and serve with Samaritan’s Purse along the way.
What is the last book you read? Finished “Warrior in Pink” by Vivian Mabuni. Reading right now: “The Complete Work of EM Bounds on Prayer,” and “A War of Loves” by David Bennett.
What are you most thankful for? God’s always-surprising love and grace toward me; my husband Scott, who loves and cares for me like no one else on earth; my son Wolf, for so many reasons — too many to list; and my mother-in-law, for her love, wisdom and support throughout the years.