“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 a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
At an early age, I had a sense of God’s love and His hand in my life. Jeremiah 29:11 was my favorite verse as a child and it still brings me much comfort as an adult. I was blessed to grow up in a Christian family in Orange County, California. I grew up spiritually at Presbyterian Church of the Master (Mission Viejo) and at Forest Home Christian Conference Center. My faith became my own as I was guided and challenged by my Youth Pastor in my teenage years.
I completed my first church internship after graduating high school, which was the beginning of my call into ministry. By my junior year at Westmont College, God made it clear that He was calling me into ordained ministry. I discovered that God had given me the passion and gifts necessary to serve Him (even though I was only nineteen years old). I humbly, yet excitedly, embraced this call and I strive to do for others what my pastor did for me – be a living reminder of Christ.
I received a full scholarship (Presbyterian Leadership Award) to attend Princeton Theological Seminary where I earned my Masters of Divinity in further preparation for ministry. I am an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church USA (since 1999). I have served as an Associate Pastor at three different churches in Southern California. After my children were born, God made it clear that He had placed two different callings on my life: to ministry and to motherhood. Since then, I have sought the Lord and asked Him to provide ministry positions that allow me to faithfully serve both of those callings.
My husband and I, with our two children (ages 11 and 13) now live in Coronado, California. I am currently serving as the Director of Lay Leadership Development for the ECO Presbyterian denomination.
I have a passion for preaching/teaching God’s Word and helping people to listen for God’s voice through His Word and the Holy Spirit. I highly value discipleship and spiritual formation. I have observed that, as individual followers of Christ are transformed through a personal relationship with Him, then the Body of Christ begins to function as God intended. I consider it a great privilege and joy that God has called me to walk beside people in their spiritual journeys. I can think of nothing I would rather do than be witness to “thin places” in people’s lives. (“Thin places” are the holy moments where the separation between earth and heaven is so thin, that God presence and power are tangibly undeniable.) My own life’s calling is to “know Christ and make Him known” and I look forward to where that calling might take me.
|Work Experience (View Full Resume)|
|ECO Presbyterian Denomination, Director of Lay Leadership Development|
|Elder Leadership Institute, Director|
|St. Pauls United Methodist Church, Pastoral Associate|
|San Clemente Presbyterian Church, Pastoral Associate of Adult Discipleship|
|Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church, Associate Pastor for Youth and Pastoral Care|
|Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, Pastoral Care|
|Mercer County Community Hospital, Chaplain|
|El Montecito Presbyterian Church, Junior High Director|
|San Clemente Presbyterian Church, Youth Ministries|
|Presbyterian Church of the Master, Youth Ministries|
|Klein Bottle Social Service Organization, Teen Court Intern|
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