Laura was born and raised in North Dakota before her family decided to relocate to Arizona when she was in 8th grade. After graduating from high school, she spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps before going to college. Sensing God's call to ministry, she pursued her Bachelor's degree in Church Ministries and Christian Education from Southeastern University. Since then, she has worked in different roles in children's ministry with a heart for the spiritual formation and development of children in their most formative years. In her spare time, Laura enjoys spending time with her college-age daughter Breana, reading, running and traveling. She loves cooler weather and rainy days, and is enjoying the change in climate and scenery since her move from Arizona to Washington.