Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
I'm excited to be appointed as the pastor of Bridgewater UMC. I'm looking forward to getting to know the people of Bridgewater. I can't wait to see what God is already doing here and where God will be leading us!
I'm from Harrisonburg. and graduated from JMU. I received my degree in Sociology with minors in History and Women's Studies. I was active in the Wesley Foundation (UM Campus ministry) and the Marching Royal Dukes. After college, I was commissioned by the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) as a young adult US-2 missionary. My mission was working with youth in Southern California.
After serving 2 1/2 years, I returned to Harrisonburg. I worked in customer service, volunteered in my church, took mission trips to Russia and South Africa, and started a 'contemporary' worship service. I also took a few classes at Eastern Mennonite Seminary.
After about ten years, I responded to God's call to pastoral ministry (which was always there) and moved to Chicago to attend seminary at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. After spending three years studying on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, I returned home to Virginia.
I have served the Virginia Annual Conference as the Associate Pastor of Haygood UMC in Virginia Beach and the Pastor of Kenwood UMC in North Dinwiddie. In 2017, I was ordained an elder by Bishop Sharma Lewis. Most recently, I have served as the pastor of Carson UMC in Dinwiddie.
I love serving God in ministry with others, especially outreach and mission. For fun, I like to play music and sing. My favorite music is Broadway musicals and movie soundtracks. I like working on crafts, reading novels, going to plays and movies. I enjoy kayaking, hiking, sitting in a mountain stream, and contemplating God's incredible handiwork. I like to travel and recently had the opportunity to go to Israel and Palestine and see the Holy Land sites. My favorite sites on the trip were the Pool of Bethsaida, Capernaum, Magdala, and the Dead Sea (but who can choose, they were all amazing!). I live with a "genuine United Methodist itinerating" cat named Peek.
"The joy of the Lord is my strength!" Nehemiah 8:10