At the center of God’s calling in my life is offering the love, grace and fullness of life that I have known in Christ Jesus to others. At the center of my vocation is what Apostle Paul has described as the ‘ministry of reconciliation.’ (2 Corinthians 5:18-20.)Other foundational scripture passages for me are John 4- the Woman at the Well story; and Ephesians 4:15, Apostle Paul’s exhortation to ‘speak the truth in love.’ In many ways, I approach preaching as pastoral care, ministering to the hearts in every pew. I also seek to preach prophetically, seeking visionary transformation and growing discipleship. I have a passion to share the good news of God’s power to heal brokenness; and to bring wholeness, deep fulfillment and meaningful purpose to our lives.
I have been blessed to serve Ramsey Church since June of 2013. In over twenty years of ministry with the United Methodist Church, I have loved serving in every setting: large and small, rural, suburban, and city. But I have to say that I have never loved serving more than with the wonderful loving and faithful people of Ramsey Church. It is a great joy to serve such a servant hearted congregation with so many ministries in our community. Prior to serving in ministry as an ordained elder, I served as a Clinical Social Worker in mental health settings, a Christian counselor, and as a hospital chaplain in the community. I studied at Eastern Mennonite Seminary for my MDiv; and also completed studies at the University of Baltimore and James Madison University. Go Dukes!
Our family is from Staunton, in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. In my childhood and youth, I also lived in Bangkok, Thailand and New Delhi, India. My husband Brian and I have been blessed in our thirty three years of marriage, and with our two beautiful young adult sons, Harrison and Jeremy, and his wife, Samantha, a precious daughter of the heart. We love living and serving in Southside Richmond. Some of our favorite places in Richmond are Peter Chang’s Chinese restaurant, Hollywood Cemetery and Maymont Park.