As a wife and mother of two adult daughters and a teenage daughter, Barb Roose embraces and enjoys the complex world of faith, love, relationships, responsibilities and celebrating the even the smallest victories in life.
Originally from Medina, Ohio, Barb grew into a tall, lanky kid with thick Coke-bottle glasses in a close-knit, loving family. She had a love-hate relationship with the Barbie Dolls and occasionally hears her dreaded childhood nickname when she goes home to visit. Barb’s mom led her to faith in Christ at nine years old and inspired Barb as her Bible teacher. A classic first-born, young Barb believed that God’s favor depended upon following the rules. In college, Barb discovered a powerful truth: “There is nothing we can do to make God love us more and there is nothing we can do to make God love us less.”
It was in her dorm room at Bowling Green State University in March 1992 that Barb finally believed this for herself. After living her growing years secretly hoping to gain God’s favor by being a “good girl,” Barb spent her first two years of college being the “best little party girl” she could be (without doing anything illegal, mom…) On a spring day, Barb sat in her dorm room gazing down at a positive pregnancy test and for the first time truly understood that that the same God who loved her when she was “following all the rules” for good Christian girls was the same God who still loved her even though she had seemingly wrecked her life.
Matt and Barb Roose married in July 1992 and their oldest daughter, Kate, was born in October of that same year. They have two additional daughters, Samantha and Abigail. Kate is an officer in the Army and a graduate of the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. Samantha attends college and aspires to a career in early childhood education. Their youngest daughter, Abbie, is a high schooler and enjoys playing sports.
After graduating from college, Barb worked as an insurance adjuster, pharmaceutical sales rep and non-profit executive before coming on staff at CedarCreek Church in Perrysburg, Ohio in February 2002. Over the past 13 years, Barb served in a variety of positions, most recently as the Executive Director of Ministry for the church’s five campuses. Her passion is helping people grow in authentic faith. While on staff, Barb served on the executive team and still serves on the teaching team. One of her career highlights was co-hosting CedarCreek’s annual Fabulous Women’s Conference, which approximately 2500 women attend over the multiple-session event.
In August 2015, Barb felt God calling her away from her staff position at CedarCreek into full-time women’s ministry as a speaker and author. Starting in January 2016, Barb will be focused on creating relationships with church and organizations with the purpose of connecting women to God and each other.
Always thankful for God’s tremendous grace, Barb looks for opportunities to encourage and inspire women every chance she gets!