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The Transition from Finance to Ministry

May 14 2014

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After receiving a call into ministry, Tamla Wilson Groce was licensed in 2007. “In addition to being called to ministry, I felt strongly that God was calling me to attend seminary. At the time, I was head of business development for an institutional money management firm and my travel schedule was crazy. This presented a complication not only to attending seminary but I married in 2007 as well and my husband and I wanted to have a baby. Though I knew it would be a challenge I moved forward with both. Two years later, school was going well but our quest for a baby was not,” shares Tamla.

Tamla sometimes found working in finance like living on another planet. “The majority of people that you speak with have no idea about the intricacies of the industry. Walking away to focus on ministry was bitter sweet. I experienced financial benefits that are not normally experienced when one is in ministry and, as a sales and marketing person, I loved the relationships I established. Yet the peace of mind that I have and the joy of actually working in my calling are priceless. As a result, I feel compelled to encourage others to pursue their passion and move from passion to purpose,” said Tamla.

Similar to others who worked at AIM, Tamla has a variety of fond memories that include experiencing and being a part of the creativity of marketing the AIM products. “The relationships that I forged while there continue on to this day as well as my appreciation for a good glass of wine. The department dinner and the Fly-ins will always be remembered although they are like Las Vegas - what happens there stays there,” Tamla said.

Tamla is a licensed minister, wife late in life, mother of two against all odds, writer, inspirational speaker, friend and faith walker. Tamla offers a weekly blog via her website www.tamlawilsongroce.com and you can follow her on Twitter @RevTamla. “As the mother of two miracle babies, I founded a fertility ministry at my church called The Waiting Room. Finishing up my Masters of Arts in Theology and Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary this summer, I am excited to see where God will use me next,” says Tamla.

 

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