I am a mom, a wife, a pastor, a dog-owner, a self-taught quilter & woodworker, and someone who loves to listen and learn.
I currently serve as an Associate Pastor at Winnetka Congregational Church in Winnetka, IL where I oversee the Children & Youth ministries in addition to Spiritual Life and Small Groups and Mission Doing.
After graduating from Hobart & William Smith Colleges with a degree in religious studies, I spent two years working in Christian Education at a Presbyterian Church and a Presbyterian Retreat Center. I got my M.Div at Columbia Theological Seminary, married Adam, got a Masters of Theology from Princeton Seminary while Adam finished his graduate work, earned a Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction, and completed the coursework and exams for a Ph.D. in Christian Spirituality before deciding my heart was really in church ministry.
In 2010, we had twin boys, Micah and Judah, who were born prematurely and died shortly after their birth. Losing the twins was a turning point in our marriage and in our ministries, and it has forever shaped who we are and how we are in the world. In 2011, we had our son, Caleb, and five years later (to the day), we had our daughter, Hannah.
I believe that God is all about love and acceptance, can be found in the midst of almost anything, and appreciates irreverence. I’ve also noticed that God occasionally has a vexing sense of humor, has been known to disappear without a trace, and can be disturbingly silent for long periods of time. Although I don’t have any solutions for these divine quirks, I do believe that conversations with others can help us learn to listen for God in new ways. And, when that doesn’t work, I believe in sitting with people and listening together to the divine silence.
I love to find and share resources and I love to write, so this site is where I share all of that. My hope is that you find something here that is useful, inspiring, or both.