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Lauren is a national speaker and the author of Into the Deep: Diving into a Life of Courageous Faith. The founder and president of She Found Joy, she is a passionate about helping others encounter Jesus in a way that refreshes their faith and fills them to overflowing with His love and joy. Lauren lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, Alex and their dog Reese.

A Few More Things About Me

Beyond the standard introduction above, there’s a few things I want to share to help you get to know the real me on a deeper level. Click on the boxes below to learn more.

my story

my ministry

what i love

Hey there! I'm so glad you're here. When I think about my story, I think about God's love. We all have our own journeys, and mine involved more than a decade of chronic illness, pain, anxiety and depression, but through it all, the love of God pursued and brought me through. I am alive because Love found me and spoke promises to my heart and never let me go. Today, it is my joy to encourage others to draw closer to God and experience His love in powerful and transforming ways. Thank you for joining me in this space. I hope you find encouragement here.

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A few more things: Today I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have been blessed with one son. We met over Blizzards at Dairy Queen back in 2009, and I am still head-over-heels in love with him. I am an entirely self-taught chef and baker, and I love developing new recipes. I actually used to be a food/faith blogger, until I felt God call me to full-time ministry. You can check out my old recipes here.
I am a storyteller. I believe stories are powerful, and I love how God uses them for His good. I write books and speak to motivate and inspire others to experience abundant life in Christ. I lead the She Found Joy ministry and am blessed to host retreats and events that reach women from all around the world. I am also the founding host of the She Found Joy Podcast, which publishes new episodes twice a month.
These are a few of my favorite things.
  • Hiking in the mountains
  • Walking on the beach
  • Exploring new places
  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Serving at church and being in fellowship with women
  • Swimming laps at the pool
  • Laughing so hard that it hurts
  • Singing in the car and driving with the windows down
  • Bonfires under a starry sky
  • Freshly baked cookies
  • Dark chocolate, 60-80%
  • Red wine, preferably Montepulciano d'Abruzzo or Tempranillo
  • Bacon, avocados, bread and cheese — in that order
  • Thai, Indian and Mediterranean food