Entry 001: 'Who Dis?'
My name is Lorna Brittany Wells. I say my full name because some people call me Brittany and some call me Lorna. I introduce myself as Lorna these days, so if you are just meeting me, that's what you can call me. I am 33 years old. I was born and raised in Houston, TX where my dad pastored a growing church. I cut my teeth on church pews, as they say, and sang my first solo at the age of 3. My mom had me singing to a soundtrack with motions and the whole bit. God love her. I can't wait to tell you more about my amazing mother later. She's a blog all in herself.
I LOVE church. I went to one of those rowdy pentecostal churches! I loved every second of it and gave my life to Jesus and was filled with the Holy Spirit at a young age. I got baptized in the saving name of Jesus soon after. Of course after that, my life was smooth sailing from there! Ha! All of those stories will come later.
I went to Christian school where I played volleyball, participated in music and academic programs, and made life-long friends. I was Salutatorian of my class in 2003 and went on to a local junior college to get my basics. I was 17 when I graduated and really wanted to go to Bible college. My parents convinced me that I should at least wait one year, so I did. I went to Indiana Bible College in Indianapolis in the fall of 2004. I was 18 and super nervous about being away from home, but I was so flipping excited too! I learned so much while I was there and of course, met my husband, Tauren Wells. Insert heart eyes emoji here! I will give you all the deets on that in another post. It's a long story.
I got my Bachelor's degree in Music and came back to Houston the summer of 2007 where I began working at my dad's church part time. My mom was over the music department so, I worked side by side with her for a while. She began handing things off to me and eventually I became the Worship Pastor at Royalwood Church. I loved every minute of it. I love working with people and I LOVE singing. If you're ever in Houston, you should go visit sometime! Royalwood Church will always be my home church. I adore the people, the music is incredible, and the pastors are pretty amazing. ;)
In 2011, Tauren and I were married. In 2013, we had our first son, Kanaan Crue. In 2016, we had our second son, Lawson Mayer and in 2017, we had our third son, Navy Elliott. Whew. That's a lot of kids. LOL.
I was working full time with 3 children and Tauren and I decided, it was time to make a change. I wanted to be at home with my children and take a much needed break from leading an entire music department. We knew God was leading us into something else, but we weren't sure what. We took a leap of faith and resigned from our positions at Royalwood, not knowing where we would go next. Our parents/pastors prayed with us and reluctantly let us go. They didn't want us to leave, but they let us follow after God's leading. Shortly after our decision, we had an opportunity open up at Lakewood Church. After praying and fasting about it, we felt this was where God wanted us! We transitioned to Lakewood in April of 2018 and we are loving it!
So, now we are caught up. Obviously, we have some gaps to fill and some details to add, but we have plenty of time to get there. I just wanted you to know a little about my background, so you know where I'm coming from. I'm new at this, so hang with me as I get better at writing and grammar and all that jazz. I'm excited to hear from you and to answer a lot of your questions!
I am sharing this picture of myself unfiltered so you can see all of my well-earned wrinkles and freckles. =) I am pretty normal. My teeth are a little crooked, even after having braces twice, and I've got dots, freckles and other undefined, weird skin things. We are probably a lot alike. I want you to know who I REALLY am, my faults, fears, and failures. I'm so far from perfect, but maybe I've learned something that can uplift and encourage you. I pray that in these blog posts, you laugh, you learn, and you listen. God will speak to you through the simplest things. Lean in to life. It's messy, but beautiful.
This is me. It was nice to meet you.