“I remember how hard it was learning how to use a Bible and finding spiritual practices that drew me closer to God. I felt foolish and uneasy. It doesn’t have to be this way. A few simple practices can help anyone have a vibrant relationship with God.”
Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia was born in Tampa, Florida, one of a long line of native Floridians and teachers. She met her beloved Ed on a trip to NYC and they were married ten months later. They are blessed with two grown daughters.
Lisa didn’t grow up attending church. As a teen, she started attending a local Baptist church with her boyfriend. At age 16 she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and was baptized. A few months later “the guy left, but God stayed.”
Lisa first found God through music and thought she would be a high school choral director. God had other plans. Lisa received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of South Florida and served as a church music director for six years. Around year 4 of the 6, Lisa heard God calling her to become a pastor. The family refers to this event at the LCD- the life-changing decision. A few months later, Lisa, Ed and their two small daughters left Florida for North Carolina.
In 2000, Lisa received a Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School and was later ordained a United Methodist minister in 2003. She’s served congregations in Largo, St. Petersburg, and DeBary and currently serves as the pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Sarasota, Florida.
In addition to serving as a pastor, Lisa enjoys leading retreats, photography, theatre, and writing. She is indebted to the many wonderful mentors and teachers in her life, including her mother who first gave her a love for words.
Lisa contributed the hymn text Bless Christ Through Whom All Things are Made to the United Methodist resource Worship and Song. (Abingdon, 2011) She also contributed four poems to the collection Courageous Spirit- Voices From Women in Ministry compiled to celebrate the 50th anniversary of full clergy rights for women in the United Methodist Church. (Upper Room, 2006)
You are welcome and encouraged to follow her writing here and on Instagram @revlisad.
Click here for a recording of Lisa’s testimony made in 2014.