I was born and raised in rural Minnesota, moved to the East Coast with my family as an adolescent, and returned to Minnesota for college earning my undergraduate degree in Social Work from Concordia College - Moorhead, Minnesota in 1997. In the summer of 1997, I accepted a position with the US Peace Corps in Guayaquil, Ecuador where I lived and worked for three years. Upon return to the United States in the fall of 2000, I started seminary at Princeton Theological Seminary - Princeton, NJ. I graduated from PTS in the spring of 2003 and was called to be the Associate Minister at Old South Union Church in Weymouth, MA in January 2004.
I am a daughter, a sister, a wife, and a mother. Brian and I were married on January 14, 2007, in Ecuador, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Brian and I are the parents of two wonderful little girls, Maya and Noelle who bring more joy to our lives than we thought possible ... our cup runneth over! I am also a traveler and an avid reader. I love animals and kids, and kids that act like animals. I love good food and wine, speaking Spanish, going to the beach, hip-hop, folk, and country music, and wearing flip-flops and jeans. I love peace, and justice, and righteousness. I love diversity and the celebration of our common humanity! I love myself, my family, my friends, the church, and above all else I love God - the Creator and Sustainer of life.
The chorus of one of my favorite song says, "All it takes is a point of light, a ray of hope in the darkest night. If you see what's wrong and you try to make it right, you become a point of light." I believe that as human beings, as Christians, we are called to be those points of light for each other - transmitting the love of God from one to another; sometimes it is simply a matter of igniting a spark and then fanning the flames. With that in mind, it is my sincere hope that through my preaching, teaching, presence, and outreach at AHCC, I can help to ignite the flames in others so that we might go out into the world illuminating the way of hope in the darkest night.