Valerie O’Brien

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How would you describe your role with Sonlife?

I am an Area Coordinator in the Cleveland, OH area--training, coaching, and mentoring leaders to make disciples like Jesus did. I also am involved in a Sonlife project called Traverse, which is an initiative aimed at finding methods to bridge generational gaps in disciple-making. 

What do you enjoy about the ministry you do with Sonlife?

I love the simple and compelling way the values of Sonlife come right out of the pages of Scripture. The centrality of Jesus and the Word of God are their bread-and-butter, and it's a joy to have the opportunity to lead ministry leaders through God's Word and into the context they currently serve in.  

What are the values that drive you?

Caring for people well, pursuing faithfulness over success, keeping an eternal perspective, and eating good ice cream. 

What are your hobbies, favorite family activities or interesting fun facts?

I love exploring places I've never been--from hiking trails to cities to museums. I love baking, biking, and running. I have a pipe dream of having an urban farm and living off the land.

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?

  • The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom
  • A Long Obedience In the Same Direction, Eugene H. Peterson 
  • Planet Money