Sandy’s desire to reach out to the wounded is what ultimately led to her founding of Open Hearts Ministry in 1987. She had already been involved in ministry for years, serving as Women’s Ministry Coordinator for her local church, as well as leading home Bible studies and speaking at women’s retreats.
After meeting Dr. Dan Allender, she realized that she and the many women she served with in ministry had deeper stories that needed a safe place to be told. Sandy saw her years of Bible teaching as vital preparation for the new work God was calling her to, bringing hope and healing to women who had experienced sexual abuse.
Sandy pioneered a small group ministry to abused women in the local church and began training other leaders to do the same. She served as OHM’s Ministry Director for 15 years before handing over that role to her daughter, Amy. Sandy continues to serve on both the Ministry Team and Board of Directors of OHM, assists with the creation of new material and provides training and care at The Journey seminars.
Sandy and her husband, Bill, have been married over 50 years and have three married daughters, ten grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. Sandy is an avid reader and knitter, and also enjoys walking (and sometimes dancing), going to the movies with Bill, and spending time with family and friends. Sandy’s heart for ministering to others is clearly evident in her home, which has been an Inn for many over the years, providing shelter, rest and loving community.