What’s my background?
Though I reside in New England, I’m still a Texas girl, the daughter of a campus minister, which meant I spent a lot of time in churches. I didn’t fully appreciate then the gift of a solid doctrinal background, or the daily examples of ministry I got to witness through my parents. I’m grateful to have been raised in a family where there was always enough love to go around. I received a degree in Communications from the University of Texas, and my first career involved writing copy for Texas ad agencies. Working in the secular world was eye-opening, and it prompted me to return to my roots and renew my faith commitment. I met and married my husband in this era and moved with him to Maryland when he finished his doctorate. There I worked part-time for Mass Media Ministries, writing and editing Christian film reviews. We moved back to Texas when our first daughter was born, and I chose to stay home to raise our kids. That’s a challenging job, but I’ve never regretted it once.
It was within those child-rearing years in Plano, Texas where I met other women struggling to balance life, family and faith. A friend asked me to help her start a women’s Bible study in our neighborhood, which was terrifying and wonderful all at once. This is where my passion for women’s ministry began, helping women discover and accept God’s grace.
We moved to the Boston area in 2000, and once I got over the culture shock, I fell in love with New England. I’m grateful for God’s faithfulness in all we’ve been through, including some very tough teenage years with our kids. Looking back, I marvel at the work of His hands, in all of us. We’re stronger for it.
In 2005 I discovered the gift of spiritual direction, and soon found how life changing those spirit-led conversations can be, especially when one is in transition or has a question they can’t resolve or is struggling with a relational issue. There have been days when I could check all those boxes, and having a spiritual companion has given me a different perspective. It’s taught me to let go of control, choose life, and find peace in God’s ongoing presence with me. It resonated so much with me that I began training as a director myself in 2012, and now am able to offer this experience to others in my area and by Skype. I can’t think of a greater privilege.
Currently I’m leading a weekly women’s discussion group, writing, volunteering with MetroWest Hospice, and serving as a member of the Vestry at my current church, St. Mark’s Episcopal, Southborough MA.
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May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.