After graduating from Enid High, I worked a year, then, attended Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas where I met my husband, Paul Wiens. We both transferred to Bethel College and were married after our Junior year. We finished college with degrees in music in 1965.
After Paul earned a Master’s Degree in Music Education and I taught 6th grade in Tennessee, we settled in Atlanta, Georgia, where we both taught music in the Atlantic Public School System.
Our three children, Scott, Julie and Jacqui were born in Atlanta; I left public school teaching to become a mom at home who taught piano for 20 years. We left Atlanta, trekked through Kansas to Iowa where Paul earned a Doctorate in Choral Conducting.
Moving on to Madison, Wisconsin, I continued to teach piano and be the Mom at home while Paul taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After 3 years, he accepted a position at the Wheaton College Conservatory.
After moving to Wheaton, IL, I once again taught piano. However, when our kids were in high school and college, it became apparent that the time had come to respond to a call to ministry; I began seminary and graduated in 1990 with an M.Div. from Bethany Theological Seminary. Although we were in the Mennonite Church at the time, I was called into the Episcopal Church where I completed Anglican Studies and was ordained a priest in 1994.
For 15 years, I served as Chaplain at Rush University Medical Center, first as Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Chaplain and later as Chaplain of the Surgical Intensive Care unit. During that time, shortly after 9/11 I was named Chair of the Psychosocial Emergency Preparedness Team, a group healthcare professionals responsible for emergency psychosocial services in the event of a major crisis. I held that position concurrently with chaplaincy until I retired from Rush in 2007.
Currently, I serve as priest and pastor for St. Barnabas in the Dunes Episcopal Church, at the base of Lake Michigan in Indiana (stbdunes.org).
My children are all married and we have six beautiful grandchildren; our daughter Julie is expecting a baby and this will bring the number to 7 . . . the number for perfection! They all live out of state so the older ones fly, summers, sans parents, to Wheaton from Portland OR for Granny and Granddad Camp! The younger ones come another time, from Clearwater, Fl and Logan Utah, with their parents for Jr. Granny and Granddad Camp. Life is rich and fulfilling! God is good!