Teenie Finley Speaks of Miracles Ahead of Big Marathon

Teenie Finley Speaks of Miracles Ahead of Big Marathon

When Teenie Finley ran her first marathon at the age of 70, she raised the $70,000 needed for a kitchen to host her cooking classes at a community church and evangelism center that she and her husband, evangelist Mark Finley, are constructing near Washington D.C.

Story by Andrew McChesney, Adventist Review

A year later, the church in Haymarket, Virginia, is nearly completed, and Teenie Finley will run her second marathon next weekend in hope of raising the last $75,000 of the project’s $4.5 million price tag.

She has no doubt that God will provide.

“This is my miracle kitchen!” Finley, beaming, said as she led the Adventist Review on a tour of the nearly finished kitchen on the ground floor of the two-story Living Hope Seventh-day Adventist Community Church.

Finley, 71, author of the popular cookbook Natural Lifestyle Cooking and a health lecturer at her husband’s evangelistic meetings, will use the kitchen to offer classes on heathy cooking to the affluent community situated near the 250-seat church. The handsome kitchen with dark wooden counters and cabinets will also be used to serve meals to local residents at seminars on issues such as health and archaeology, and to feed pastors who attend pastoral training courses.

The original cost of the kitchen was estimated at $105,000. But through negotiations and special discounts, Finley managed to bring the price down to $70,000 — the exact amount that she raised in running her first marathon in Celebration, Florida, on Jan. 25, 2015. She placed third in her age category, finishing the 26-mile (42-kilometer) route in 6 hours, 2 minutes, and 4 seconds.