I met Jesus as a nerdy 6th-grader at a little church in Maryland back in the ‘90s, and my prayer is that my life and work will help someone to experience God’s powerful, tailor-made love like I have!
I was born in North Carolina and raised in Maryland in a pastor’s family, so I grew up around the church. But it wasn’t until I went through Confirmation and went into our church’s youth ministry that I really started to be stopped in my tracks by how deep God’s love was for me.
In those days, I was a socially awkward kid at school—good at music, but not good at being popular or stylish—so when the youth leaders at St. Paul UMC taught me that Jesus didn’t care how I dressed and that he was willing to die for me—well, that was a liberating, profound experience for me and helped me to learn that God takes us exactly as we are. That’s the love I want to share with the kids of Vancouver and with the whole world.
I studied broadcast journalism at the University of Maryland, and then attended Seattle Pacific Seminary to be trained for pastoral ministry. I’ve practiced youth ministry at two churches here in the Northwest, including Salmon Creek, and also in parachurch camping ministry in Ellensburg, Wash., before moving to Vancouver.
I love hanging out with people over coffee, and I have a huge appetite for travel: so I love to look for chances to road-trip or to fly somewhere. I also like to read, write, and go hiking and camping, and to swap good stories around a good fire. I also have a fascination with the intersection of theology and culture, and I have a desire to see the church reflect the multicultural Kingdom of God in my lifetime. Look for me in the coffee shops of Vancouver and don’t be alarmed if I talk about planes and trains a lot. It’s kind of a thing for me. . . .