Most of my childhood was spent growing up on the east coast of Florida, and it’s hard for me to wrap my brain around the fact that I have now lived more of my life out of Florida than I ever lived in it. Not that I consider myself a Floridian. Very few people can really claim that title. I just never know quite how to answer the question “Where are you from?”
After graduating from high school in 1995, I studied at and graduated from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, majoring in both biology and religion. I continued directly on to Columbia Theological Seminary, graduating with my Master of Divinity in 2002.
My first call in ministry was to First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska as an associate pastor. I served there June 2002-August 2007. While in Nebraska I met my husband, Phil, and gave birth to my first two children, Karoline and William.
My second call in ministry is at First Presbyterian Church in Hudson, Wisconsin. Here I serve as a solo pastor to a wonderful congregation whose mission is to explore faith, share God’s love, and grown disciples of Jesus among friends and strangers. Since moving to Wisconsin our family welcomed our third (and final) child, Margaret.
I currently serve as the pastor and head of staff of Fox Valley Presbyterian Church in Geneva, Illinois, an inclusive family of loving servants and faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
I’d fill the rest of this space with what I like to do in my spare time, but it would be aspirational more than accurate. I used to read more than I do now. I used to knit more than I do now. I used to spin wool into yarn more than I do now. I used to journal more than I do now. I hope to learn to get back to many of these things soon. I do my best not worship at the altar of busy, so I won’t blame my lapsed hobbies on that. I will say that being a wife, mother, and pastor are wonderfully engaging vocations and leave me looking for more brainless activities than reading, knitting, and spinning when I get to the end of a day.
I am a part of the RevGalBlogPals webring and have a chapter called “For Some Reason” in the book by this group called There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, edited by the Rev. Martha Spong.
Professionally I have served as the vice moderator and moderator of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, the vice moderator of the Immigration and Environmental Issues Committee of the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and in various roles in the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. I am currently an elected member of the Commitee on the Office of the General Assembly of the PC(USA).