Lacey B. Wondree
Life Verse: Micah 6:8
Music/Band: NEEDTOBREATHE & Rend Collective
Superhero: Captain America
Book of the Bible: Exodus
Foods: French fries, coffee, and chocolate-covered strawberries
Coolest life experience: Swimming in the Sea of Galilee
Restaurants: Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, Outback
Vacation Destination: Asheville, NC
Teams: Carolina Panthers, Carolina Tar Heels, and Atlanta Braves
Favorite books: Harry Potter series, Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen, Bossypants by Tina Fey
Growing up in a large family of her own—six older brothers, one older sister, and 23 nieces and nephews—Lacey values family and supporting the spiritual growth and formation of various and differing family units. Lacey is passionate about ministry, writing, and faith development for all ages.
Lacey earned her BA in Sociology from Mars Hill College, with triple minors in Religion, Women’s Studies, and Mathematics. She graduated in 2015 with her Master of Divinity degree from Campbell University Divinity School, concentrating in Biblical Studies. The intersection of these two degrees—Sociology and Divinity—is the desire of Lacey’s lifetime ministry. She believes understanding and engaging social constructs, family entities, and communities creates space for God’s love to be made known and for God’s Kingdom to be “here as it is in heaven.”
Lacey is married to her best friend, Rev. Chris Wondree. They are the proud parents to Bennett Wondree, and in their free time they like to explore, run, play games, watch comedies, drink coffee, and eat good food!
I was six when my parents divorced, and I began attending church with my mother. I fell in love with the church, the stories of Jesus, and the community. As a child, I made a profession of faith and was baptized two months later.
As a youth, I felt called to ministry. During my senior year of high school, I approached my associate pastor and told him that I felt God was calling me to ministry. As a minister at a Southern Baptist church, he explained to me that I couldn’t have heard God correctly because I was a woman. I listened to him as the minister in the church as he challenged my competency and discernment. Because of him, I walked away from God’s call and wouldn’t approach it again until college.
I’m grateful to my liberal arts education at Mars Hill. It helped me discover my gifts and supported me as I revisited my call to ministry. It helped me realize that the God I had chosen to follow as a child had in fact equipped me to serve the local church.
I enrolled at Campbell University for my Master of Divinity and served at a few local churches. In seminary, I learned that my engrained theology had to be challenged. I had to discover my own voice as I unfolded who God was to me personally.
My faith journey has brought me to a place now where I believe the reality of life calls us to hold the beautiful and sacred in tension with the harsh dysfunction of the world. This dichotomy is a tension I’ve learned to hold. I believe God’s grace and redemption must be held in conjunction with the sin and darkness of the world. And I will consider it an honor to walk beside, teach, and instill God’s love to the families with kids at First Baptist.