Denise Brinkley – Administrative Assistant

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the “Peanut Capital of Virginia”!  Suffolk is a smaller town near the coast of southeastern Virginia. I grew up there under the loving and faithful care of my parents, Billy and Florence Byrd, and with my awesome but sometimes provoking older brother, Brian.

Tell us about your family.

My husband, Michael, and I grew up in the same church and have basically always known each other. However, it was not until our mid-twenties that our relationship changed and wedding bells chimed!  Now, eighteen years later, we are on the incredible journey of parenting our four awesome boys!  David, Caleb, Micah & Evan.

Why are you passionate about Palmwood Church?

I have been blessed to be a part of churches of various denominations and worship styles over my years, including missionary established churches in Japan.  Over the past ten years, my husband and I have discussed how today’s church sometimes differs from the church we see in the New Testament.  One primary desire of our hearts has been to be a part of a shared New Testament style discipleship, and this is the heart of Palmwood that excites me tremendously.

What’s your favorite movie?

Well, it is my husband who is the movie buff!  But, I would say a true favorite is Mary Poppins.

What’s your favorite sports team?

I don’t really have one… but I do enjoy sports.

If you could ask God one question, what would it be?

All of my questions for God point me to answers- not that I know all of the answers, because I surely do not.  However, I suppose in many ways, my faith is a simple one.  In recent times, my thoughts bring me to the reality that I am the problem.  How can I know and understand God better?  Love Him more! How can I be better equipped to speak to people about the person of Truth, Jesus? Well, I need to spend more time with Him and know Him better; so, I can then love others better and hopefully help answer their questions.  Why do I not see more people healed?  Could it be that the healing of God can better flow through me when I have sat in the secret place with God?  Conclusion:  I lack answers because I lack intimacy with my Father in Heaven and need to die to myself so I can live fully in Christ.  And, to be honest, I am not sure that I can or should be every fully able to fathom  everything about God this side of Heaven because HE IS GOD!  and I am not.