I have loved Jesus for as long as I can remember. I was blessed to be raised in a Christian home by godly parents, and grew up going to church whenever the doors were open. I trusted Jesus to be my Savior when I was only five years old at a Billy Graham Crusade, and really started growing in my faith in middle school when I did my first Bible study: Experiencing God Youth Edition.
Jamie and I met in our church's high school youth group, and were married 6 years later. We have been blessed with two sets of twins: Natalie & Nathan and Samuel & Samantha. We lovingly refer to them as the 'Nats' and the 'Sams.' And all four of them are the 'Dew Crew' (or in New Orleans they spell it 'Dew Krewe'). My primary ministry is to my family, as many hours of each day are spent homeschooling, training and discipling our four children.
When I was a sophomore in high school, I felt God's call on my life into ministry. Over the years, this has taken on many different forms. I served as a Pastor's wife for almost 10 years, where I served in AWANA, coordinated the nursery volunteers, led the women's Bible study, and helped with hospitality events. When my husband transitioned out of the pastorate to academia, I became a Dean's wife, as Jamie was the Dean of the College at Southeastern in Wake Forest, NC. In the local church, I continued serving in both women's and children's ministries. I co-directed our church's Women's Internship, served in AWANA, and loved teaching women the Word of God in our small group and discipleship classes.
As of June 5, 2019, my husband is the President of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, LA. This now makes me a President's wife. What a blessing it is to serve the students, staff, and faculty of our institution, as well as women in our community, state and region. I also love all things 'hospitality,' and enjoy opening our home for friends, family, and guests. With Jamie's new role, I counsel women on our campus, am an adjunct professor in our ministry to women program, accompany Jamie as he visits local churches, and speak at women's events and retreats throughout the southeast. Through all of the ministry opportunities, two of my passions have remained the same: women and God's Word!
Ever since I was a little girl, it was my lifelong dream to become a teacher. In 2003, I graduated from Meredith College with a Bachelors of Arts in Human Communication and a K-6 Licensure. After teaching second grade for four years, I became a stay-at-home Mom and continued my education online, receiving a Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning Elementary Education from Liberty University in 2012. I then started working on post-graduate, theological education and graduated with my Doctorate in Education from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in December 2018! My dissertation was entitled Survive or Thrive: An Exploration of the Preparedness of Southern Baptist Pastors' Wives. Training, equipping and supporting ministry wives has become another passion and I am honored to help in our Ministry Wives Certificate Program at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Tara and Jamie Dew (Photos may be saved for promotional use by your church or organization)
The Dew Krewe (Photos may be saved for promotional use by your church or organization)