Doreen grew up on her father’s farm in the beautiful Berkshire hills of western MA. Her mother, though she died when Doreen was only 9, left and impression that would shape her desire for God. Doreen’s mother sang in church and she says that her mother and the church are one in her mind. “Heavenly influenced by my mother’s intense love for the Lord, I felt the desire to know the God she loved so much.”
At age 29, she began singing with what became a very successful band, opening for acts such as, “Sawyer Brown, Denah Carter, Bellamy Bro.’s, to mention a few,.. After 8 years of making great music though, she said she still remembers the night she felt like a black hole of darkness was surrounding her and she was walking on a road that led further and further away from God. After getting on her knees and asking God to lead her back to him, he led her to a church whose pastor was very much in love with the Lord, renewing her faith. Her heart began to change and she now longed to sing for God. Dianne, who was only an aquaintance at the time, asked her to sing on her new CD and that is when the seeds of their ministry were sewn. “Though I was growing powerfully in my faith, one night, I realized I still had doubts. I wanted to hear straight from God that his son was real. After crying out, Jesus revealed himself to me and take all doubt away, and gave to me my first song, “Because I love you” .
Check out Doreen and her husband on Rick Newton’s blog. Doreen and Rick carry the cross witnessing around the world, on the street, in churches and minister to people in jail. Doreen has a ministry for women in prison and recovery called Beauty for Ashes – which she will be writing about soon. You might find this amazing but she also has a song about it!
…the rest is HIStory.
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