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I am a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (GO STEELERS!). I am the Associate Pastor of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry at Community UMC in Crofton, MD.
I went to school at Messiah College (BA in Christian Ministry) and The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology (MDiv). I grew up in the United Methodist Church and identify theologically, biblically, socially, and pastorally as a progressive Wesleyan, with interest also in Anglican theology & practice. I am passionate about spiritual formation, worship, liturgy, the Liturgical Year, lament/trauma/grief theology, Sabbath and Celtic Spirituality.
I have a diverse work history which includes being the Sacred Space (Student Leadership) facilitator at The Seattle School, a pastoral intern at Covington Community Church of the Brethren, and a worship leader a a number of UMC & Presbyterian churches. I have contributed writing to asacredjourney.net and the UMC’s Rethink Church websites.
I love Haiti. I have travelled there numerous times from 2001-present and am fascinated by the culture and spirit of the Haitian people. During my time at The Seattle School, I completed an Integrative Project entitled, “WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE COME CLOSE?: TOWARD A THEOLOGICAL HERMENEUTIC OF SUFFERING AND LITURGICAL PRAXIS OF COMPASSION,” presented to the faculty of Divinity program. The project explored themes of suffering, lament, and liturgy integrated with my experiences traveling and working in Port-au-Prince, Haiti pre- and post- the 2010 earthquake. You can read that project here.
I am a music junkie, an avid reader, a musician, a cook, an amateur artist, and a karaoke enthusiast. I love spending Sunday afternoons with friends and eating a good meal. I enjoy the city. Living in Seattle for four years turned me into a coffee snob and a bit of an addict. I occasionally like to take pictures.