Wednesday Woman of Influence – Brandi Wilson

She’s witty.

She’s smart.

She’s beautiful.

She loves God.

She’s one of those women you watch from across the room and immediately think ‘I don’t like her – she’s too perfect!’

But seriously,

Brandi Wilson is one of the few women I know that rivals the Proverbs 31 woman in character, integrity, beauty and Christ-likeness… and I am blessed to call her a friend.

And this is a friendship I hold most dear.

You see, Brandi has plenty of reasons not to like me. Three years ago I took the job as Executive Director at Cross Point and on most days I probably spend more waking hours with her husband than she does. I attend meetings with him, travel to conferences and other churches with him, and work alongside him to lead Cross Point.

For many women this relationship would be difficult to accept, jealousy would rule and tensions would be high. Not with Brandi.

I feel incredibly blessed to have her trust, support and encouragement!

As a woman of influence, Brandi:

  • displays a quiet confidence
  • doesn’t need the spotlight
  • maintains the Wilson household allowing her husband to focus on his calling
  • speaks into the lives of the female staff and the wives of staff members
  • is an amazing mom of three fabulous boys
  • is a true friend

There are rare relationships in life that you form and don’t even realize just how significant they are for quite some time. This is how it has been with Brandi and me…

and I am blessed!

** This is also part of Brody’s Positive Post Tuesday

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  • June 4, 2008  

    I love this!

    I would really love some sort of honest disscussion from women who’s husbands are in full time ministry and how they cope with the amount of time their husbands must spend with women in ministry – the jealousy thing is hard for me because ministry is more like family…not a traditional work environment. Obviously, there are boundries but it can still be overwhelming. I’m glad you even mention in it this post because it is a reality.

  • ash June 4, 2008  

    I learn so much from this woman…especially about being authentic. Of her many great qualities, that’s what I’m most inspired by: that I walk away from a conversation with her and don’t feel like she’s calculating or blowing smoke or managing my perception of her. I’ve just gotten a taste of real Brandi.

    I heart Brandi and am so thankful to have her as a friend!

  • brandiandboys June 4, 2008  

    @Judi I totally agree that most people expect jealousy and resentment in relationships similar to ours. I can honestly say that I’ve never felt that way toward Jenni or any of the other women on staff. I view our staff as a team and I view myself as part of that team. I am in no way employed by the church, but I still feel that our whole family is part of the team that is CrossPoint. Balance is hard in ministry and it takes constant focus to maintain balance. I will add I thank God everyday that we have such a great team at CP.

    Okay – I am actually a mildly jealous of Jenni. I love the leadership gift and watching her in action makes me wish I had just a little of it!

    @Ash – thank you for your sweet words, I’m flattered!
    @Jenni – thank you for opening this discussion.

  • fullofboys June 4, 2008  

    There are certain people in my life that I truly respect and feel humbled to call them a friend, Brandi is one of those people. She took me through the transition of being a wife to a mom and then to a leader…she was huge on giving me the encouragement to do so. She is a wonderful influence!

  • Lori K June 4, 2008  

    Jenni – what an awesome post! I love it and Brandi is all these things and more. She is a real and honest woman who has a very tough job with her “four” boys, the grown one being the most challenging – HA! Seriously, I admire her so very much and thank God for bringing she and Pete into our lives.

  • Jenni Catron June 4, 2008  

    So glad you are all sharing the Brandi love! She deserves it!

  • Jessica June 4, 2008  

    I LOVE HER!!! (YOU) 🙂

    Well put sister I think we should make her a blood sister He he

    For real though, She portrays what a pastors wife, A Christian women and a mom should be!!!

  • June 4, 2008  

    @Brandi – thanks for the comment. I admire both you and Jenni!

  • mandy June 4, 2008  

    Ya’ll are so sweet to each other. That is awesome you can have such a great relationship. It is one that would normally bring about resentment and/or jealousy. You guys look like you are doing great things in Nashville. Maybe one day if we ever make it to Nashville, we can come check out your church. Keep up the good work guys!

  • Brian Alexander June 4, 2008  

    I love Brandi too, I can’t believe how truly awesome she really is……..

    I sorry I can’t do this.

  • brandiandboys June 5, 2008  

    @mandy I do realize each day how lucky I am to have a woman of such integrity working with my husband.

    @BA I know I’m on your top ten blog list!

  • kari June 6, 2008  

    I love this post Jenni! I have only met Brandi briefly one time but I could tell that she is genuine, authentic, and a sweetheart!

  • jeffshinabarger June 8, 2008  

    Sharing women of influence is a great idea Jenni! I may have to add my take on this in the days ahead…I have a couple I would love to throw in the mix!

  • Jenni Catron June 8, 2008  

    Jeff, I would love your input on this! Send me your suggestions of women that I should spotlight!!

  • Kelly June 17, 2008  

    Praise God for this, Jenni, and God bless you all as you serve Him.