Welcome to Grace Beyond Measure, GBM Ministry!
Living in the Charlotte, NC metro area with her husband of 21 years, Billy, and their 3 amazing and busy children, Latanya is a wife and homeschooling mom longing to follow the call of God on her life. For this shy girl from rural Georgia, stepping beyond herself and seeing that God has called her for something more than she could ever imagine is definitely a grace beyond measure.
Several years ago Latanya heeded the call to follow God in ministry by studying Counseling at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, not knowing where that path would lead. The path of study would lead to her meeting her husband Billy, and having the opportunity to graduate with him and settle in the Charlotte, NC area. And then to become mom to three children as well as, doing something she had no intentions of doing in the beginning of her marriage…to become a homeschooling mom.
For Latanya, there was always this nudging to take a step of faith and explore writing and speaking, but thoughts of not being known or what hindered her as she was growing up–shyness–frightened her, but God never left her alone. God does that. He nudges us to take a step of faith. God will workout the specifics.
After experiencing a traumatic life changing ordeal of the death of her newborn daughter through anencephaly, God nudged Latanya to share her testimony with her church. A new sense of purpose came as a result, but the feelings of not knowing where to start, along with feeling incapable of sharing about such a personal, life-changing event, Latanya chose to concentrate on her primary calling, raising her family and being a wife to Billy. Latanya did, a few years later take a step of faith and shared her story again with an audience in a secular setting at a training event she had set up in Charlotte for Scent-Sations, Inc., a network marketing company that she became an independent distributor for in Nov. 2005.* The response she received in a non-church setting was quite unbelievable, but then once again those same thoughts hindered her again.
(Stay tuned. I’m working on revamping the blog, and I’ll get back to a completed rewrite on my About Latanya page soon. —Thanks, Latanya)
**Latanya is available to speak in the local Charlotte, NC area. Upon special request she will consider all other areas of the Continental USA. Please send a speaking engagement request by going to the Request page.
BS Architectural Engineering ’91 (Southern Polytechnic University, now called Kennesaw State University, Marietta, GA)
MA Counseling Ministry ’98 (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC)
*Latanya is no longer in official status as a Distributor…time and her calling simply do not allow her to do so any longer.