Irene Herring’s passions are Jesus, families and the use of communications to share the love of Christ.  She and her husband Mike, a pastor, have 3 daughters, two son-in-laws, five grandchildren, and two pets who might as well be children.

Irene received a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Kansas. She’s also an over-the-top alumni and fan of the Kansas Jayhawks (ROCK CHALK!).  At the age of 20, she realized that all she had been looking for was in Jesus Christ and gave her heart and life to Him. After graduating from college, she spent time on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru) as a promotional writer and in discipleship ministries.   She and her husband served in youth ministry for many years, including full-time staff with Youth for Christ.  God then called her husband to seminary, and off they went…with 3 children, one of which was a newborn!  The family served 3 churches over the next several years, and Mike joined the Army Reserves as a chaplain.

After September 11, 2001, Irene found herself in a role she could have never imagined…as a fulltime military wife.  She served with Protestant Women of the Chapel International for several years while her husband was a chaplain in the Army.  As a pastor’s wife and Army chaplain spouse, she grew to appreciate the courage of women and families, particularly through their unique sacrifice.

Irene has experienced an unmeasured depth of the grace and healing of Christ in her life that has helped her face many insecurities and struggles from her past.   She loves teaching, sharing, and speaking about this grace to others.  She has taught small group Bible studies and spoken to women’s groups for over 25 years.

On her time off, Irene and can usually be found on a trail less traveled with her husband…adventuring in the Rockies (near oldest daughter Katie’s family), the Desert Southwest (near middle daughter Emily’s family), the North Carolina Appalachians, or any path their hiking boots find God’s creation.