Sonia Gangotena

After getting my Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, I worked overseas with Citibank, Life/DowChemical and consulted and taught at various universities and business training centers. After my two children were born, I had a very beautiful and life changing encounter with Jesus, when with all my degrees and knowledge I found myself divorced and without work back in Minnesota. The next day after Jesus came to my heart, my five year old son drew a picture of me with a heart that covered my whole chest and he said he had seen a light go out of the sky and into my heart. Shortly after I saw a scripture that said,"I will take away your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh." I call this the Divine Exchange. My life improved, God brought to me wonderful people, Christians and non-Christians, who supported me. Shortly after I began to teach at the U. of Minnesota and then at the U. of Houston, at Texas A&M, Central Michigan University and then UNILID for Campus Crusade for Christ. Some years later, while teaching at Texas A&M, I read a book where Marie Margarite of Alacoque, a French nun, sees Jesus in a vision and he asks her to give Him her heart and that He would give her His heart. Yes,here again, I saw the Divine Exchange. His Life for my Life, His heart for my heart and a better life as a consequence.

My Life

Favorite Quote

The life that I live in the body, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Saul of Tarsus (in Galatians 2:20b)

Friends describe me

as fun, serious, friendly, helpful.

My hobbies

Talking with Jesus, reading, friends, Facebook, swimming.

Fantasy dinner guests

Jesus, my mom, dad, Ernest and Nancy Bormann.

My undergrad alma mater

University of Minnesota ~ Twin Cities

My worst subject in school


In college I drove

A Jeep CJ7

If I weren't a professor, I would

a librarian, oh, that I was, hmm...businesswoman, oh wait, I am, hmm, yes, a counselor to the hurt and offended.

Favorite books

Pride and Prejudice, Thief, Rebel, David Copperfield.

Favorite coffee

Chocolate, I don't like coffee

Nobody knows I

think spiders are beautiful, but dangerous.

My latest accomplishment

Getting my work ready to teach in the summer

Current Research

Interpersonal and intra-personal communication difficulties product of psychological or sexual abuse/harassment.