I grew up in a suburb of Detroit, and fell in love with the Appalachian region (and my spouse!) while serving as a summer staff person for the Appalachia Service Project in college. After completing my studies, which took me to England and Honduras, I relocated to Asheville. Drawn by progressive thought coupled with a strong sense of culture, I love the beauty of western North Carolina, particularly its emphasis on local, sustainable living. After working with persons with HIV/AIDS, I felt the rumblings in my spirit that I knew to be God’s call to ministry.
I graduated from Candler School of Theology at Emory University with certificates in Black Church Studies and Church and Community programs. While in graduate school I served as the coordinator of Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) in Atlanta, and then joined the staff of national WAND to engage voices of faith in reordering our national priorities away from militarism toward peace. I am ordained in the United Church of Christ and previously served as Interim Minister of Christian Education at First Congregational UCC in Asheville. My ministry includes a particular focus on dismantling racism that led to my involvement in the Black Church and Domestic Violence Institute and Christians for a United Community. As part of the first cohort of clergy leaders, I am grateful to participate in Wake Forest Divinity School’s new Clergy Making a Place program.
I live in Canton, NC, where my husband Seth serves as the Town Manager, with our two beloved boys, Myles and Simon. I embrace my work, which, in the words of poet Mary Oliver, is mostly loving the world, standing still and learning to be astonished, and deep gratitude to be given a mind, a heart, and a mouth with which to give shouts of joy. And so, I offer thanksgiving to God for the opportunity to serve as co-pastor of Land of the Sky United Church of Christ. I hope you will join us!