My Story

I grew up at Elim Bible Institute, (Lima, NY) and Pinecrest Bible Training Center, Salisbury Center, NY. My father, Charles Cary, was the maintenance man. I was 12 when we moved back to Iowa. I joined the “Gospel Lighthouse Telecast” choir. It was a local weekly TV program sponsored by the Gospel Lighthouse Church in Batavia, IA. The church was torn down in 2022.

I was 13 when I started reading through the Bible every year. I became the church janitor when I was 16 and started playing piano for services.

At 18, I moved to Fairfield and played the piano at the Fairfield Foursquare Church. I married David Fishel there when I was 20. At 21, I was the first secretary and worked my way up to Administrator. I served for 24 years, stepping down due to health.

We have three grown children: Luke, Laura, and Derek. Luke and Bethany have a daughter, Olivia. Derek married Rachel in September 2018. Their son Gideon was born in 2020 and they are expecting a second child in May 2023.

My family now attends the Fairfield satellite of F.C.O.C., (Faith Christian Outreach Church). The home church is in Mt. Pleasant, IA ( I play the keyboard, Derek plays the drums, Rachel plays the synth, and David is a worship leader.

I enjoy singing, reading, movies, trivia, puzzles, sewing, embroidery, painting ceramics, and quilting. And being a comedienne – especially when under stress!

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