Debra is a member of the Holston Annual Conference, Chattanooga District, and has been a Lay Speaker since 1988. She took a course in July 2010 to become a Certified Lay Speaking Ministries Instructor. She has a MA in Spanish from SUNY Stony Brook and a Certificate in Christian Studies from the EXL online program at Asbury Theological Seminary. She taught languages for 24 years and has online teaching experience. She is currently working toward the M. Div. through Asbury.