My name is Angela Gidley. I am married to Matt and we have three children, Isabella, Jack, and Evangeline. We live in northeast Iowa (which doesn’t feel like the best decision in the middle of February).
I was raised in Des Moines, IA, and left home in 1995 at age 17 to attend Bible college in Springfield, MO. After graduation, I worked at the Assemblies of God headquarters for a few years before I moved back to Iowa. I was very excited to work for my former youth pastor and his wife, and it was one of the best ministry experiences I could have had. I became a licensed minister with Open Bible Churches in 2002, and I served at the church as children’s pastor for a few years and later transitioned into another ministry role. I met my husband at the church and married him in April 2006. Our daughter Isabella was born in March 2010, and I worked for my husband’s family business for a few years while caring for her at home. When Jack was born in November 2012, I was able to quit my job and be a stay at home mom. Our youngest daughter, Evangeline, was born in 2015.
I love cuddling up with a great book, writing, playing piano and singing, cooking and baking, shopping (preferably childless!), and spending quality time with a great friend or two. I am excited for this space to share hope, encouragement, and truth about real life in all its mess and glory. All my hope is in Jesus, so it will always come back to Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.
My life verses are 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV), “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”