Tiffany Peterson


I had a very “normal” upbringing, living with both of my parents and older brother on a farm. I earned an Associate and a Bachelors degree in Business Management, and became a very hard working and successful Senior Network Engineer at a prominent bank. My life looked perfect from the outside looking in. But I had a void within me that I could never seem to fill. I tried finding happiness through anything and everything: making more money, more success, more shopping, drinking, dating, sex… Nothing ever seemed to work and I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. I SHOULD have been happy but I FELT miserable and empty inside.

Looking back, at this time in my life I was a “weekend Christian” meaning: I knew who God was, I prayed occasionally, asked forgiveness after I screwed up, went to church on Sunday, I lived my life throughout the week MY way then apologized to Him on Sunday for how I had behaved.

Then God woke me up through a horrifying life changing event as a result of a terrible choice on my part - to drive after having way too much to drink. This decision killed 2 people, a 21 year old girl just 1 month from being married and her unborn baby girl.

My life, of course has not been the same since. I desperately wanted to kill myself when I found out what I had done. I didn’t think there was any possible reason for me to stay alive after what I had just done. Since my family wouldn’t leave me alone, this way out wasn’t possible, instead, my brother made me return to the Vineyard. (my home Church) There, God led me to Dana Cochran and she told me that God didn’t want me to kill myself; that He did still have a purpose for my life; that He could still use me and I wasn’t this insignificant blob that I believed I was, who would never EVER be able to do anything for Him. I now realize that God used Dana to speak to me. A vessel from God to ME – how amazing is that???? God was still trying to get through to me, even though I didn’t DESERVE anything from Him.

The next three months before I went to prison were like a blur. My life changed and I was slowly able to talk to God again. I was developing a relationship with Him that I’d never known before. It became so important for me to be baptized before I went to prison. Because I knew that I knew that I knew - I was a new person in Christ. He was my Savior; He really did forgive my sins. I couldn’t always feel it, but I did believe it because He told me He would in His word.

I went to prison and God transformed me while I was there. I no longer just knew OF God – I had developed a relationship with Him that I'd never known was possible. He changed me in so many ways. I see now that He had to take every material thing away from me to humble me and give me the time, energy and focus to devote to Him; to allow me to get to know Him and build our personal relationship.

He has shown me so many miracles since I accepted Him and gave Him permission to direct my life. I am happier than I’ve ever been in life. Even though I no longer have the material possessions, drivers license, career, success or $ that I use to, I now have God and He has provided ALL my needs and has filled that void that was always empty waiting ONLY for HIM.

Jeremiah 29: 11-14: For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back from captivity.


  • Radio Interview
    (Interview with Erin Campbell aired on Water through the Word Broadcasting)