I was blessed to be born into a Christian home, to Reformed Presbyterian parents, in Southern California. I was the second of four daughters. My dad was an elder and my mom was the treasurer of many church organizations. We learned about people and the church around the dining room table at Sunday lunch with missionaries, the Geneva president, and others in the RP Church world. My mom took her daughters along to help move and visit “Mom’s old ladies ”, as we called them. From that I learned compassion and how to minister to the elderly.
The older I get the more I realize what a great blessing it was to be raised in a Christian home. I haven’t had to undo the great griefs, sorrows and bad habits that many people carry from childhood into adulthood.
I grew up in Pasadena, where I went to the safe public elementary school, the not-as-safe junior high, and definitely broad-spectrum high school. I am thankful for those experiences and the good education that prepared me in many ways for life beyond my home. My claim to fame is graduating from high school in the Rose Bowl in 1965.
I met my husband, Jerry, when I was 16 and he was 17; we married before we graduated from Geneva College. He played basketball and I was a cheerleader: life was sweet.
The Lord has blessed us with five children and 18 grandchildren, allowed us to move numerous times, insisted that I learn many things that I was resistant to, and taught me that He is there, He is in charge, and He loves me through it all. Probably my favorite Scripture verse is Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous; do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Ann O’Neill looks forward to speaking on theme of Winding Paths from Proverbs 4:26: “Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure.” Her talks will be as follows:
My Path: Testimony and Life Experience
Paths and Preparations
The Path Through Anger, Bitterness, Pain, and Sorrow to Forgiveness, Joy, and Freedo