Mrs Connie is married to Pastor Wayne Cofield and they have been serving at Whitfield Baptist Church for 38 years.
They have raised 4 children who are all serving in ministry today.
She has been a faithful servant and true example of what it means to be a Woman Behind the Scenes in ministry, in her married life and as a mom.
Here’s what she had to say:
Can you tell us a little bit about your role as a “Woman Behind the Scenes” in ministry?
I’ve been a “Woman Behind the Scenes” my whole married life. My husband was a youth pastor when we first married and four years later started our church. I personally prefer being behind the scenes, so I am more than happy to take the role of being a help meet for my husband. Being a pastor’s wife has its disappointments, but mostly joys. We have been blessed with a great church, seen many souls saved and many go out to serve the Lord in other ministries.
As a lady in ministry, what do you consider to be your most important job?
This has really been on my heart lately that so many times we spend so much time “doing” that we don’t take the time to draw close to the One we are serving. I believe the most important thing for any lady in any ministry is to “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” Matt. 22:37, and to keep a close relationship with the Lord. The next thing is to love my husband and encourage him in his walk with the Lord and in his ministry. Also, even though my children are grown, it is important for me to be an example to them and to my grandchildren. Then I can serve the Lord and minister to others. There are a lot of things I can’t do, such as sing, play an instrument, etc.; but I can love people and listen to them and point them to the Word of God for answers to their problems or direction in their life. Also, there are so many ladies in our churches who have so many talents and gifts from the Lord who are just sitting in the pew. I believe one of my most important jobs is to draw out those ladies and encourage them to use their gifts for the Lord.
Having all of your children serving the Lord must be a great honor, but we know it comes at a price (having them serving in different places and capacities); is there a verse or truth from God that you have leaned on as you’ve raised your children in the ministry?
3Jn 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. My husband and I are so blessed to be living the answer to that prayer now. When our children were young my prayer for them was Col. 1: 9 “…we …do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; Col 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;” I just believed with all my heart that if my children would truly seek to know God’s will in their lives and desire to please Him in their daily walk with Him that God would answer their prayers and lead them in His way and they would not go the way of the world.
Can you tell us about your church and your family’s vision for Missions and how it has directly effected you?
Our family has always had a burden for missions and our church began supporting a missionary when we were just 6 months old, even before we were self supporting. Since then our burden and our missions ministry has continued to grow. We currently support 102 missionaries around the world. I love our missionaries and pray for them to be greatly used of God and see many souls saved.
What is something you’d like our readers to know about having your family surrender to foreign missions?
When Mark and Amy first told us they were going to be missionaries, I cried a bucket of tears. I didn’t think I would ever be able to cope with them being that far away. I must admit I wasn’t very spiritual about it. We went to a revival and heard a message on surrendering everything to God especially in the area of missions. God used that message to speak to my heart and give me peace. I also had to remind myself that I had prayed for them to seek God’s will in their lives (Col 1:910). I know that they are safer in God’s will than anywhere else. Even though it still hurts everyday not to be able to be with them and hug them and my grandchildren, I am so proud of them and the work they are doing for the Lord and wouldn’t have them anywhere else but in God’s will. By the way, I am so excited – on March the 18th Mark’s mom, Bernella, and I will arrive in Port Elizabeth, SA!! We will be able get all those hugs and kisses we have missed so much and make many more precious memories!
UPDATE: Since our interview Mrs. Connie has returned from 2 weeks of visiting her daughter and family in South Africa. She had a wonderful time experiencing her daughter’s life and ministry as well spoiling and loving on her grand-kids.
**We at Women Behind the Scenes would like to thank Mrs. Connie for her time in this interview, but most importantly, for her example to us all as a lady with a heart for the Lord and desire to see the gospel shared around the world.