Michelle is living proof of God's faithfulness to His promises -- many times over. She has overcome the pain of growing up without ever knowing her father and being estranged from her mother. She's been made whole after enduring the shattering effects of childhood abuse. She's been restored after being stalked and threatened by a serial rapist for over one full year, after being in a serious auto accident with a long recovery, and after being diagnosed with a life-altering disorder that required surgeries, medications, and led to infertility. She's grown by God's grace through miscarriages, her husband's sudden & frightening diagnosis of an often fatal disease, and the pain of being deceived and misled by one church's leadership years ago. She sought God's healing for overwhelming fear, anxiety, and bouts of depression that were all the result of her past struggles and prayed for God to restore her health, her peace, and her trust in people again.
In 2005, Michelle and her family faced their biggest challenge ever. Her son, who was four years old at the time, became suddenly and critically ill and survived on full life support with almost every organ system failing for weeks. Michelle and her husband were told their son was unlikely to survive and that if he did, he'd never be the same mentally or physically. After weeks of intense prayer and believing God to keep His word, their son was miraculously healed and has made a full recovery, much to the amazement of the medical community...praise God.
Through all of this, Michelle learned in an up close and personal way how faithful God is. She became very familiar with His promises, His grace, His comfort, and why He's called the "Prince of Peace." She came to realize that what Jesus did on the cross is the only constant and reliable thing in this life. And through years of prayer, healing, study, and some solid Christian counsel along the way, she now walks in the freedom only Jesus can provide.
Michelle thanks God daily for His goodness, for her family that is healthy and triumphant in Christ, and for the wholeness and love they all share because of Him. She knows that God's grace and promises have been the glue that have held their lives together and renewed them. Her life has been restored & healed. She's been set free and made victorious in Jesus as truly living proof of God's faithfulness...many times over.
Her desire and leading with this ministry is to see others set free, healed, and made whole in Jesus...to awaken others to what's available for them in Christ and let them know that we don't have to wait until Heaven to walk in health and victory!
Michelle is a graduate of Rockford College and has attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and Rock Valley College. She was a middle school and high school teacher in both public and private schools in Rockford and the surrounding area for nearly a decade. While teaching English, reading, journalism, and speech & debate courses, she directed the school plays, choreographed school musicals, coached the high school speech & debate teams, and advised the school newspapers and yearbooks.
After teaching, Michelle then served as the Director/Administrator of the Small Groups Ministry and Compassion/Outreach Ministry at a large, Rockford church. There, she assisted the church body with getting plugged into small groups to enhance church community, co-taught Spiritual Gifts Seminars, and served as liaison between the church and community organizations such as the Rockford Rescue Mission, Metro Christian Center, and other local charities. Michelle also acted in a multitude of church dramas, helped lead drama auditions and workshops, and recorded weekly teaching messages based on Scripture that were distributed by the church to the church body. She received additional ministry training at Northcoast Church in Oceanside, California where she spent time learning from Larry Osborne and his ministerial staff.
Throughout her teaching and ministry careers, Michelle has also served as a guest instructor to education classes at Rock Valley College and to classes at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. She has recorded multiple radio commercials that have aired locally and has appeared in television commercials as well as in various print advertisements and stories in Chicago publications and newspapers in the surrounding area. She has published multiple articles with SheLovesGod.com on various topics related to Christianity and spiritual growth and has two books in progress. For the past thirteen years, Michelle has been a proud "stay-at-home mom" working as time has permitted and God has directed on launching and growing this ministry, speaking, writing, and promoting causes that are close to her heart. She also home schools both of her boys and cheers them on in their basketball teams' events and adventures in music and performance. She also currently serves at her home church by assisting the Associate Pastor in overseeing the Small Groups Ministry, sitting on the planning committee for the Women's Conference, and working with her husband at the Information/Welcome Center on Sunday mornings in the lobby of Life Church in Roscoe, IL.
Michelle has been married to Shawn, a financial advisor, for the last nineteen years. Together, they have been blessed with two amazing children who are truly evidence of God's faithfulness and love. The Rooneys are originally from Loves Park, Illinois but lived in Chicago and Phoenix, Arizona for a time and have returned to the stateline area where they've made their home in Roscoe, Illinois.
"We are assured and know that all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His design and purpose." Romans 8:28
Statement of Faith...
I BELIEVE that the Holy Bible is the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. I believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures are inerrant writings and are crucial for authentic Christian beliefs and living.
I BELIEVE that there is only one God. God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe; I believe God is eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
I BELIEVE in the deity of Jesus Christ, our Lord. I believe in His virgin birth. I believe in His sinless life. I believe in His miracles. I believe in His vicarious and atoning death on the cross. I believe in His resurrection. I believe in His ascension to the right hand of God the Father. I believe in His personal return to earth to reign in glory as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
I BELIEVE that man was created in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. I believe that man sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God, and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature.
I BELIEVE that salvation is a gift from God to man, and that believing, accepting, and trusting in Jesus Christ is the only way to God and eternity with Him in Heaven.
I BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God, who lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation, and provides the Christian with the power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in living a Godly life.
I BELIEVE we were created to exist forever, and that we will exist eternally separated from God by sin in Hell, or in union with God in Heaven through forgiveness and salvation through Jesus Christ.
"The one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame." Romans 9:33