In a previous post I took some time to tell you some of my story–where I’ve come from, growing up in the faith, and how God got me into ministry. In the FAQ post I tried to answer and anticipate some questions you might have about me, my ministry style, and a little about my family. So you’ve gotten a sense for some of my story. Now I want to tell you a little more of our story, so you can get to know Lea (my wife) and Nathanael (our son).
Lea and I started dating on my sixteenth birthday. I waited until then to ask her out so I could drive and we could actually go out. I was a sophomore and she was a freshman at Suwannee High School. (When I’m telling this story to people, some groan and others say “awe”, depending on how much you like sappy love stories.) We only ever dated each other. All the way through high school and during college, even though we didn’t go to the same colleges.
After high school, I went to Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL where I earned a B.A. in English. After Lea graduated, she went on to play softball at community college and then landed at Florida Gateway College where she completed the Physical Therapy Assistant program. She has been a practicing P.T.A. for 8 years.
We became engaged at the end of my junior year and her second year in college, and got married 1 1/2 years later on December 19, 2009.
Lea and I both are passionate supporters of ZOE Ministry, a mission that grew out of the North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church. ZOE is a 3-year empowerment program that helps some of the most vulnerable children in the world move from desperate poverty to a self-sustainability and dignity. We traveled to India a few years ago to visit the group of vulnerable children FUMC Hickory was sponsoring at the time. Lea is a good photographer, and some of her photos are on ZOE’s website and other materials.
Our first babies had fur and four legs. We have two good, sweet dogs: Zoe and Tilly. We rescued Zoe during seminary. She’s a labrador-mix. A few years later we added Tilly, a golden-labrador mix. They love going for walks and playing around in the yard.
The biggest and best change in our lives has been the birth of our son, Nathanael James Posey. He was born on April 6, 2017. He and Lea share the same birthday, so when we were celebrating Nathanael’s first birthday, we also celebrated Lea’s 30th. It was a big day in the Posey household!
At 14 months old, he is walking all over the place, loves to laugh, will eat just about anything, and is tirelessly exploring the world around him. Needless to say, he keeps us on our toes, and we love it! As I type this, our family is at Lake Junaluska for a few days of rest prior to the beginning of Annual Conference. To my right is Nathanael’s toy dump truck, in front of me are his bubble wands, not far away is a little ball, and all around me are pieces of porch furniture arranged to keep him from falling down any stairs. That’s kind of our life. Parenthood is such an adventure. Lea and I have learned and grown so much–I guess you have to!
What about the rest of our family? My parents live in Tallahassee, Florida, and Lea’s in Dowling Park, Florida. They love being in North Carolina and are best friends with one another, so you’ll be seeing them from time to time. Having their only grandchild up here is also a pretty strong draw.
Lea and I each have one older brother. They both were in the same graduating class from our high school. My brother, James, is a Gunnery Sergeant in the U.S.M.C. He and his wife, Jessica, are stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC. Lea’s brother, Curran, and his wife, Krysta, are both in the Army Band and are stationed in Hawaii. He anticipates beginning Officer Candidate School very soon.
Our story is also full of church mission trips, camping, playing games, going to movies (well, not so much these days), hobbies and interests, and family stories. There’s always more to tell, but this is a start. Everybody has a story. I believe they are all unique and beautiful–even in their complexity and sometimes messiness. We look forward to getting to know you and your story, and finding ways to share life together.