I was born in Ellicott City, MD, but raised in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. A lifelong Presbyterian, I grew up in the church, learning to love God and God’s family.
After high school, I attended Sweet Briar College, and first discerned my call to ministry. While at Sweet Briar, I explored my love for all things ancient, majoring in Classics and minoring in Religion, Art History, and Medieval-Renaissance Studies.
After Sweet Briar, I enrolled at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, pursuing my Masters of Divinity. During my third year, I served as the full-time Intern Minister of First Presbyterian Church in Henderson, North Carolina, a joyful experience that confirmed for me my call to parish ministry. Following this internship, I completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. I graduated from seminary in 2016.
I was ordained into the PC(USA) in June of 2016, and am currently serving as the solo pastor of Crescent Springs Presbyterian Church in northern Kentucky. I’m active in the Presbytery of Cincinnati, currently serving as Chair of Council.
I live with my wonderful husband, Erron, and our adorable hellspawn of a cat, Caesar. First and foremost, I love God, but I also get pretty excited about worship and liturgy, chocolate, travel, graphic design, and musicals!
The heart of my call is worship. I am passionate about proclamation, liturgy, sacrament, and artistic expression, and the way worship functions as the hingepoint between God’s grace and our grateful response. My time in seminary only deepened my love for worship, and my passion has helped me to develop my gifts and skills for worship leadership as well.
I feel primarily called to small church ministry, although I am open to God’s surprises. I believe strongly in the small church as the center of robust, relational ministry, and have been blessed to serve in two such churches. After my second year of seminary, I served for twelve months as the full-time intern minister at First Presbyterian Church of Henderson, North Carolina, functioning as an associate pastor, with responsibilities in Christian Education, youth formation, mission, pastoral care, and worship planning and leadership. At the same time, I led monthly worship at a small congregation nearby, Warrenton Presbyterian Church, which I continued to do my final year of seminary. I have also completed a chaplaincy internship at Rex Healthcare in Raleigh, North Carolina, deepening my commitment to the ministry of presence and to walking with people in the sorrows and joys of life.
I believe that the church can be the body of Christ on earth, healing, teaching, loving, feeding, and yes, sometimes breaking, that all may know the power of God’s fierce and forever love. In my first call, I seek to grow alongside a church as we learn how better to be members of that body together.
Publications & Service
2022: Chair of Council, Presbytery of Cincinnati
2021: Moderator of the Presbytery of Cincinnati
2020: Vice Mod/Moderator of the Presbytery of Cincinnati
NEXT Conference Worship Team, March 2020
Interviewed for Expanding the Narrative: Women and the Reformation. Video Series by Theocademy, November 2020. http://www.theocademy.com/expanding-the-narrative-women-and-the-reformation
2019: Council Member, Presbytery of Cincinnati
Small Group Leader, Montreat High School Conference, June 2020
Small Group Leader, Montreat Middle School Conference, July 2020
“Review: Body: Biblical Spirituality for the Whole Person by Paula Gooder,” published in Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology, Volume 73, Issue 1, January 2019.
2018: Council Member, Presbytery of Cincinnati
“Between Text and Sermon: Genesis 21:8-21,” published in Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology, Volume 72, Issue 2, April 2018.
2017: Council Member, Presbytery of Cincinnati
2016: Ordained and Installed as Pastor of Crescent Springs Presbyterian Church, Crescent Springs KY
“Review: Earning Innocence by Andrew Taylor-Troutman,” April 2016,published online at NEXT Church, http://nextchurch.net/review-earning-innocence/
2015: Intern Minister of First Presbyterian Church, Henderson NC
Chaplain (CPE), Rex Hospital, Raleigh NC
Substitute Lecturer, New Hope Pastor’s Retreat, October 2015
“Her Voice Matters: Women’s Colleges and Female Empowerment,” published online at Justice Unbound, March 2015, http://justiceunbound.org/carousel/her-voice-matters/
- Associated Church Press: 2016 Honorable Mention for Reporting and Writing, Personal Experience, Long Format
2014: Theological Student Advisory Delegate for Union Presbyterian Seminary, 221st General Assembly
Intern Minister of First Presbyterian Church, Henderson NC
“Courage to Speak,” published in Presbyterians Today, August 2014, originally published online at Justice Unbound, June 2014, http://justiceunbound.org/carousel/courage-to-speak/
- Associated Church Press: 2015 Award of Excellence for Reporting and Writing, Personal Experience, Short Format
- Reprinted in The Best in Faith Communications 2015. Oviedo, FL: Associated Church Press.
2013: Seminary Support Network Representative for Union Presbyterian Seminary, Big Tent