On March 10, 2021, my ministry title at Cedar Hills Church changed from Administrative Pastor & First Lady to Senior Pastor & Widow. Today, I am honored to announce my new ministry title: “The Compassionate Widow.” I claim it a Badge of Honor. It carries with it a spiritual meaning; acting to alleviate the suffering of others.
Compassion for others, is the legacy that the late Pastor Steve Hibbler left behind. He carried a “quivering in his heart,” which called him to move on behalf of anyone who was suffering. He was never afraid to open up his heart and allow it to feel the suffering in the world, despite his own emotional wounds and personal pain.
I am forever Grateful for the Great Works, the Lord orchestrated through our union, which helped prepare me for his transition. Preserving his legacy is the inspiration behind my first book; "Navigating a Hurricane of Hurts: Strategies to Prepare for, Respond to and Recover from Loss."
While writing, the Lord birthed a new ministry, “Heart 2 Heart Compassionate Widow’s Circles.” which seeks to embrace the model of Jesus Christ to mentor and encourage the oppressed, fatherless and widows. – Isaiah 1:17 (NKJV). This ministry will bridge the gap between church and community while empowering participants towards independence and self-sufficiency, via their participation in the Compassionate Widow’s Circles.
The Cedar Hills Church Board of Elders and I, take pride in knowing that the legacy of the late Pastor Steve Hibbler lives on within the hearts and minds of those he ministered to and the ministries he partnered with. To commemorate the one-year anniversary of his passing, on March 10, 2022, the following ministries have been blessed with proceeds from the sale of Cedar Hills Church’s real property and assets; In Memory of Pastor Steve Hibbler:
• Convergence Resource Center
• God Touch Milwaukee, Inc.
• Mama Delta's Love House
• Running Rebels - Milwaukee
• Table of the Saints, Inc.
• The Salvation Army - Oak Creek
It was also on that day that we honored 61 years of service and the rich legacy of Cedar Hills Church, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.