Role at UCP? As the co-pastor for Faith Formation, I am called to help people grow in their relationship with God for the whole of life by helping them: develop an understanding of the Bible and our faith traditions; deepen their spiritual life and practices; engage in service and in the life and ministries of the church; and to live as disciples of Jesus at home, at work, in the community, and in the world. My goal is not just to help people of all ages know about God, but to help people know God.
Favorite thing about working here? I get to serve with people of all ages and stages, from the littlest ones in the nursery to rambunctious children in Vacation Bible School, questioning teens in Youth Group and Confirmation to our oldest adults who are still seeking to learn and grow through our adult bible studies. Also, I love that this congregation is committed to being welcoming to all and seeks diversity rather than uniformity.
What is your passion? The Scripture. I am an ordained Minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary with a specialty in biblical studies. I love opening up the scriptures and helping people find their story in the story of God and God’s people. I also enjoy providing sacred space especially during the seasons of Advent and Lent for people to come and spend time in quiet, meditation and prayer.
Role at UCP? Beyond what the by-laws state as my responsibilities, I believe God calls me into this moment to love God's people in this congregation-to laugh with them, to labor with them, to struggle along side of them, to celebrate with them and when necessary to cry with them. What an awesome gift God has presented!
Favorite thing about UCP? Exchanging morning greetings-they are awesomely energizing. Arriving at UCP, I am greeted by its volunteers who are outside of the building attending to some needed improvement. Once inside of the church, I'm blessed to exchange greetings with school administrators and even more UCP volunteers. For me, the icing-on-the-cake is saying "Good morning" to Katherine, Heidi and Beth. Smiles, conversations and energy fill the morning space of UCP and I love it!
What are you passionate about? My passion is the Arts. It has been rewarding for my family to reside in our nation's capital which provides so much diversity in the Arts (theater, museums, music, dance, etc.). So many of these mediums possess great beauty as well as a power to transform mind and heart.