Spring 2019 Bible Study Teachers

Stef Dowd

http://www.richlandcreek.com/uploads/DSC_3032.jpgI grew up in Virginia and came to know the Lord at age 16. While faithfully attending church with my family for years, a decision to follow Christ brought a shift in focus. This shift led me to attend Liberty University, majoring in Biblical Studies.  

Studying the Bible brings me closer to and more like the God whom I love and who loves me. My hope is for women to develop a passion for the Bible, leading to a deeper relationship with the God who loves them.  

I have been married to my husband Pastor Mike Dowd, Preschool Pastor here at Richland Creek, for 16 years and serve alongside him. We have three daughters:  Sadie who is 15, Mia who is 13, and Ella who is 10. We have been members of Richland Creek since 2006.  

Elizabeth Rodriguez

http://www.richlandcreek.com/uploads/ElizabethRodriguez.jpgFor the first 19 years of my life, my goal was to become the best version of myself. I wanted my life to mean something…to have worth.

Driven, I achieved much. It wasn’t long before my identity was tied to my success. Life became all about who I was and what I could do. I was choosing to reject God in favor of my own way. My own way said, “If I am good and successful, I will be accepted by God. My good will outweigh my bad.” The Bible, however, says just the opposite. 
“None is righteous, no not one
… All have turned aside…they have become worthless… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:10, 12, 23)

Freshman year of coll
ege, I made several bad choices and my world collapsed. All my “success” was stripped away. Only then did I realize the error of “my way”. I had to lose every earthly treasure to gain the ultimate heavenly gift - life in and through Jesus Christ.

What I failed to understand all those years is that it’s not about who I am or what I do. It’s about Jesus - who He is, what He has done for me, and who I am becoming in Him.

When I put my trust in Jesus, He began to change me from the inside out. He’s placed a strong desire in my heart to live a life that is pleasing to Him alone. WEW has been instrumental in that process.

In practicing the 6 Spiritual Disciplines (bible study, prayer, worship, evangelism, service, and giving), I am learning how to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. The more I learn, the more my love for Him grows. The more my love grows, the greater my desire to share what I’ve learned and point others to Jesus. My passion is Bible study and teaching the Word to women. I am thrilled to be teaching alongside Stef this semester as we study God's Word.