Laurel GentemanI was educated in Germany, England, United States and Spain. My college major was art and later I attended a theological school of ministry. I am married with 3 children, one son-law, 2 daughters-in-law, and 4 beautiful grandchildren. In the 1980’s I worked as a professional artist and sold my work nationally. In 1995 I laid down my art brush and went to work as a senior pastor of a church and also served as a spiritual director for various organizations. During my time serving in the ministry I came across a quote from a book written by Miles Monroe that greatly influenced my life.

The wealthiest spot on this planet is not the oil fields of Kuwait, Iraq or Saudi Arabia. Neither is it the gold and diamond mines of South Africa, the uranium mines of the former Soviet Union or the silver mines of South Africa. Though it may surprise you, the richest deposits on our planet lie just a few miles from your house. They rest in your local cemetery or graveyard. Buried beneath the soil within the walls of those sacred ground are dreams that never came to pass, songs that were never sung, books that were never written, paintings that never filled canvas, ideas that were never shared, visions that never became a reality, inventions that were never designed, plans that never went beyond the drawing board of the mind and purposes that were never fulfilled. Our graveyards are filled with potential that remained potential. What a tragedy!

Impacted by Miles Monroe’s quote, I decided not to let my gift die in me and also I wanted to leave a heritage for my grandchildren. So, combining my gift and calling, I headed in a new direction on my journey of life, and started a company called the “Painted Voice”. To realize one’s destiny is a persons obligation to God and mankind.