ARC Women Spotlight | Toni Camp
January 9, 2017 Kristin Mitchell

ARC Women Spotlight | Toni Camp

Toni Camp
Toni Camp
January 9 2017

Name: Toni Camp

Church and City: Oasis.Church, Pascagoula, MS

Launch Date: 2009

Current Role: Pastor’s Wife, Sisterhood Director

Family: Husband Eric and son, Ethan (14)

What were your feelings when your husband told you that God had called him to plant a church (or in some cases, when you both felt that way)? 

My husband was in banking and we were youth pastors at the time Eric felt called to plant a church. When we got married he was a police officer, so I was still amazed at that point that we were in youth ministry. I had never even considered being a pastor’s wife, but I grew up in church and have always loved the house, so part of me was thrilled and I knew it was the Lord. However, part of me was terrified. We were young and I felt that we were totally unqualified!

For you personally, what has been your biggest challenge through planting and/or pastoring and what have you learned from it? 

Figuring out my role has been difficult for me. I have sat on every seat on the bus so to speak. I have helped launch each ministry and then stepped into the role of Executive Director for awhile. It was a struggle trying to balance supporting my husband and finding my own place.  Now, I just see myself as kind of the mom of the house. I have a lot of responsibilities – the same as I do as the mom of our home. I have learned to be confident that I am called to lead and there doesn’t need to be a specific title to do that.

What has God done in or through your church that has left you in awe of His greatness?

 We have seen people give their hearts to Jesus every weekend since we launched. We have been able to see marriages healed, relationships restored, people come together to truly support one another, people delivered from drug addictions, financial miracles, and so many more things! God has been so faithful to us and it is amazing to have a front row seat to see what He does in the lives of others. We are also excited to be launching our second campus on the first Sunday of March this year!!

In what ways has God reassured that you are called to be a pastor’s wife?

 God has reminded me that He gave me a heart for the House from the time that I was very young. He has also shown me that I am not perfect and I don’t have to be. His grace is sufficient in my weaknesses and I am called to be me. For years I tried to find a role model that was a pastor’s wife and be like her, but I have realized that God calls each of us because of the unique gifts and abilities we have. We have to find what works for us, our family, and our church.

What is one thing you wish you would have known before planting a church?

I wish I had understood that it is not my responsibility to fill everyone’s cup. I believe it was Andy Stanley who said that, and it changed everything for me. Instead, it is my responsibility to empty mine. When we first started the church I was very concerned about not wanting to let anyone down and felt the burden to try and be everything to everyone. I wish I had known that I can’t keep everyone’s cup full and I am going to disappoint some.