Iris was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, where she attended church as a child with her sister and cousins all day Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday night services. The church kept her busy; she sang in the choir, led devotionals, and even created a magazine for the church. Her journey as a Christian started there.
Attracted to media and its power to influence, she knew she wanted to merge faith and media into an enterprise that would honor God and serve people. So, with a BA in Media Studies and an entrepreneur bug, she created GXL Magazine and an online source of inspiration and faith. But then life happened, and she stepped away from the dream for stability, and once she found a full-time position, the magazine faded, along with her faith.
What came next was a full-time job, a loving husband, a dog, a house in the suburbs, and no need for much until she felt an overwhelming sadness. Although life was good, she realized it wasn't fulfilling; something was missing. So she became a self-help junkie, a hoarder of life hacks and strategies, hoping something the gurus said would propel her into a more meaningful life. But nothing worked until she realized that trying to do life without God was impossible. (Matthew 6:33)
While listening to "Take me to the King" by Tamela Mann, tears fell down her face. Excited about the feeling, she shared the song with her friend, who asked her a life-changing question, "Where have you been?" The song was at least a year old. Iris began to think about the last time she listened to gospel music or even prayed a prayer that didn't involve blessing her food and found herself heartbroken that she had gotten so far away from God.
Now she is a powerful voice and an advocate for the faith making relevant content and conversations that empower others to live in God's influence. Creating The READTHEBIBLE Project and FAITH@WORK podcast, Iris is becoming an innovator with a vision to honor God and serve people of faith and those who need it.