Sherrie Lovato has been the Director of Women's Ministries since 2012. She met her husband, Ruben, of 40 years at the age of 15 in art class at Amarillo High ( the one that used to be on Polk Street). While he was no artist, he did keep the class laughing with his sense of humor! Their three children (Nathan, Elise and Seth, as well as many of their childhood friends) love hearing their daddy's jokes … even for the one-millionth telling. Sherrie always dreamed of having six children and knows our Heavenly Father, who knows intimately our heart's deepest desires, blessed me with children-in-law whom I consider my own: Ryan, Leigh and Kate. Sherrie and Ruben also have six grandchildren: Andrew, Christian, Isaac, Harper, and Max! Sherrie's favorite bobbie is her home - creating a warm space for her family and guests to feel comfortable, peaceful, and greatly cherished!
The career path God seems to have ordained for Sherrie is one of volunteering. While her kids were young, opportunities to hold every office offered by PTA, Booster Club, Theater School, etc. were afforded. Teaching Sunday School and mentoring children of every age has been one of her life's greatest blessings. She loves organizing baseball tourneys, a grants library, mission trips, and the like. Organizing a citywide women's conference in 1995, which brought together women from 13 churches in our community, was her first opportunity to use her organizational gifts for Women's Ministry.
Sherrie loves the people of First Pres because they are truly a source of inspiration for her. She greatly admires the loyal, lasting friendships that have been built over time. She enjoys standing in Great Hall watching dear friends greet each other with love! Sherrie's prayer for our church is, "May we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; may (we) grow up in all things into Him who is the head--Christ--from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love." Ephesians 4:13, 15b, 16