Bit About Me

AlohaDeDe, wife and mother of two wonderful sons, two lovely step daughters and a sweet granddaughter.  She along with her husband Mark, reside outside of Portland Oregon.  Born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She  enjoys gardening, making her guys laugh and a hardy theological geeky looking book.   She and Mark enjoy ministry as a team, he the solid calm strength to her silly geeky side. She has the awesome privilege of  writing an online weekly devotional teaching.  (You can also catch her on Facebook:  She leads women’s bible studies and serves on the leadership team of her local church. She is an ordained minister and loves officiating weddings.

Her passion is Jesus and His word.  She sincerely desires to have that become contagious to others,  holding a degree in Theology, yet for her, that is NOT enough, it is a lifetime of wonderful God revelations, a student of the Word FIRST, then a teacher.

“DeDe  is masterful in the art of the word smith. Her gift of articulating complex truth in practical and useful terms is refreshing to the soul and challenging to the mind. In addition, her grasp of original languages takes the reader into a deeper understanding and appreciation of Gods word.”  ~ Tom Fox, Senior Pastor of Lakepoint Community Church, Keizer, Oregon.

“We have so enjoyed the insightful devotionals from the pen of DeDe  for the past few years.  We have known her since her mid-teens and are delighted to see her develop this wonderful gift.  Her writing is light, but deep; easy to understand, yet profound; full of humor, but with a serious message.  May multitudes be blessed by the wisdom gems that flow from Heaven through our dear friend, DeDe!   ~ Pastors Ben and Brenda Peters, founders and directors of Open Heart Ministries and KingdomSending Center, authors and conference speakers.  Chicago, IL.

“DeDes preaching,  brings God’s word in such a refreshing and passionate way, that captivates the hearts and souls of everyone!”      ~ Gerry Graves, Director of Senior Adults Ministry, Evergreen Christian Center, Hillsboro Oregon

Dede writes with an inspiration of the heart that yearns to know God….. And yet she presents the Word of God in a way that is believable and also live-able! Keep the insights coming!” ~ Pastor Bill Wedel, founder of Sparrows Nest Ministries, B.C. Canada


13 responses

  1. Very well done

    April 15, 2007 at 5:01 pm

  2. Gloria


    Really looking forward to seeing this blog up and running as an extension of your ministry!


    April 15, 2007 at 5:28 pm

  3. You’ve got a great ministry and it’s wonderful to see it expand to the world wide web. People all over the world can go deeper with DeDe. You go girl!!! From your first spiritual parents, Pastors b and b.

    April 16, 2007 at 3:54 am

  4. hi dede ,
    i just want to say to you that GOD should
    rickly bless you and your family.I am bright mensah
    from ghana.

    July 12, 2008 at 11:59 am

  5. Prashansa

    Hi DeDe

    I was very thrilled when I saw ur website…….

    Its a gr8 work that u r doin…

    I was really blessed by this site…Thanks

    Keep up the good work…

    May God Bless u n ur family…….

    March 30, 2009 at 4:54 am

  6. Jessica

    I love your website. I am running out of time for my paper. Can you help me with some research.
    I can see you are a great worker for the Lord.
    I look forward to hearing from you

    January 19, 2010 at 12:57 am

    • youthrillme

      J ~ I am enjoying emailing with you, this will be a God fun project!

      January 19, 2010 at 4:22 am

  7. youthrillme

    Alrighty Joe, I shall … let’r rip. It’s tough being a teacher, and just relax and write fun stuff. You asked for it! (Thanks for the nudge)

    January 19, 2010 at 4:18 am

  8. Joe

    “tough being a teacher”…Blame it on your day Job 🙂 hey Moses tried to get out of his task with God too…. May you always find the Love and support of others to keep His Holy Spirit flowing thru your words of Wisdom… We need them

    February 3, 2010 at 3:25 pm

  9. Joe

    DeDe… I read somewhere that you are looking for a job… and I say that you have a beautiful gift of writing, one that brings God close to your readers.

    So here’s the deal

    Do you have a PayPal account set up where me and others like me… could click on a easy button and give to your ministry?

    February 13, 2010 at 2:35 pm

  10. youthrillme

    Joe ~ hm … thank you for your kind suggestion of gifting to my ministry. I will prayerful consider it. I am blessed when what I write of my own journey with my God can affect and bless others.

    February 13, 2010 at 3:38 pm

  11. You have an awesome blog so I have nominated you for the “Versatile Blogger Award!” Please follow this link:♥-award/

    Hosanna in the Highest!

    For His Glory,
    ♥ Linda M

    April 6, 2012 at 1:42 am

  12. Tay Errecalde-Doze

    DeDe! Just want to say, I found myself happen upon your devotional (just came in my email inbox), and was once again I was inspired and awes by the Lords gift in you! I can see the created and polished pearls the Spirit has shined within you!! Wow! I remember our Evergreen retreats! Blessings and Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!
    Yes, in Him,
    Tay Errecalde-Doze’

    December 4, 2017 at 7:08 pm

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