I have always felt called to be with and help people. But it was sitting at a campfire at my presbytery’s camp that I felt the call to go to seminary. I grew up in Rock Hill, SC, and from infancy I attended Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church. Church was something my family did each week. I sang in the choirs, attended children’s and youth events, went to Sunday school, and even camp. Church was something I did. But it was after the divorce of my parents in high school that faith started to take on a new meaning. I went to Clemson University. I began there, wanting to be an elementary school guidance counselor. I knew I loved working with children and wanted to support children in times of transition. My first summer after college I decided to become a counselor at Bethelwoods, my presbytery’s camp and conference center. This decision realigned what I felt like God was calling me to do. After that summer, I realized my calling extended to more than just children. I became more involved in the Clemson Presbyterian Student Association and served as the fellowship and worship chairs during my time in college. I continued to work at Bethelwoods in the summer. My final summer, instead of working with children, I was a Unit Coordinator—I supported the staff and oversaw the camps. It was there, I realized I felt passionate about walking with all people in their journey of faith.
After graduating from Clemson, I enrolled at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. Going from rural Clemson to urban Decatur was quite the culture shock. What grounded me was the community that I found, and the theological, biblical, and spiritual growth through my studies. Through my time in seminary, I had many transformational experiences that included working at Freedom Plains United Presbyterian Church in New York over a summer, providing pastoral care at a mental health hospital through Clinical Pastoral Education, and doing youth ministry for two years at Decatur Presbyterian Church. Each of these experiences has enabled me to witness the powerful mystery and wonder of God in unlikely places.
After graduating from seminary, I was called to serve as a resident at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, IN. During my two-year residency, I focused on pastoral care, mission, and spiritual formation. As the residency was ending, I felt the call to this church, Spring Hill Presbyterian. I knew from the kind, warm, relational ministry happening at this church I was called to serve here. In my free time, I enjoy walking my dog, Buster, spending time with friends, running, biking, swimming, triathlons, and reading.