By Carl Stagner
How much do you know about what goes on inside the office at Church of God Ministries? Who conducts necessary office work so others may travel the world with the hope of Christ? It’s the behind-the-scenes work that enables Church of God Ministries to carry out the work of Christ. When you support the unrestricted portion of the World Ministry Fund, you support our missionaries, our projects at home and abroad, and so much more. In the following interview, get to know one of the faces behind the scenes. Her name is Brenda Ginn, and your support of the “basic budget” makes her vital ministry possible.
What is your role at Church of God Ministries?
I’m currently working in the accounting department at Church of God Ministries, and I’ve been in this role for three years. My particular tasks are in flexible change at the moment due to some adjustments being made in computer programs. I primarily work with incoming mail to record and deposit the checks received daily.
You have given several years of your life to ministries of the Church of God. How far back does your faithful service go?
I was hired by Christian Women Connection (then Women of the Church of God) in 1982 as a temp employee, and shortly after became Doris Dale’s executive assistant. I served in that position for twenty years. I worked for another company in Fishers, and when I was downsized, I came back to Church of God Ministries to work in Global Strategy (then Global Missions) as assistant to Bob Edwards and Kathy Sellers for three years. I served in that position until I shifted over to accounting.
How were you introduced to the Church of God?
I’m third-generation Church of God. My grandfather Sanders in northeast Missouri was an evangelist with the Church of God, and my mother’s family attended the Church of God in Paragould, Arkansas in the 1920s through the 1940s prior to moving to Anderson. My grandmother, Emma Campbell, worked in the card department at Warner Press in the 1940s until her retirement. I grew up on the west side of Anderson and attended what was then called Park Road Church of God. After high school, I graduated from business college and took my first job as bookkeeper at Park Place Church. Hillary Rice, the senior pastor at that time, strongly suggested that I begin attending there—so I did!
My involvement at Park Place has varied through the years. I served on the management committee during the time that the church purchased a school and the Park Place Community Center came into being. That was an exciting time in the life of our congregation. I serve as an usher and, every other month, as head usher. I’m the secretary of the outreach committee, and am in a couple of small groups. For a couple of Christmas Eves, we brought two of our animals to participate in the live nativity as “quasi” sheep. My husband was a shepherd, and I was on standby for cleanup! It’s hard to imagine our being anywhere else but Park Place on Sunday mornings.
What do you appreciate most about the Church of God?
I love the heritage hymns of the Church of God. Music has always been a big part of my family life, and I love to sing and hear these songs sung. I also appreciate the fact that you don’t have to become a member of the Church of God to belong—that we open our arms to “every blood-washed one.”
When you’re not at Church of God Ministries, what do you like to do?
Every day when I leave my desk job, I go home and change into farm clothes to do chores. My husband and I have a small farm, and we raise alpacas. Since I have an abundance of alpaca fleece, I’ve learned to spin, needle felt and wet felt the fiber into various items. We enjoy going to Symphony on the Prairie, Civic Theater, and other theatrical productions. I also love to read fiction, do other crafts, and spend time with friends and family.
What are one or two of your favorite hymns or worship songs?
“I am the Lord’s, I Know” gives me faith and reassurance. “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” holds special meaning to me. I know I can count on God to see me through rough times because he’s always been there when I’m hanging on for dear life, providing everything that I need.
Brenda and her husband Marvin reside just outside of the city of Anderson, Indiana, with their Great Pyrenees, two cats, and twelve alpacas.
Church of God Ministries relies on your financial support of the unrestricted portion of the World Ministries Fund to enable basic, necessary operations to continue. Support the behind-the-scenes work of the Church of God today at www.JesusIsTheSubject.org/world-ministry-fund. Learn more about the Church of God at www.JesusIsTheSubject.org.