I grew up in Reno, Nevada amid the casino lights, Sierra Nevada mountains, and vast desert land. However, I currently live in San Francisco surrounded by water, fog, and the bustling noises of an urban city. I am a west coast gal, meaning I love seafood, 60 degree weather, and the laid back nature. I balance my time serving a church as a pastor with subverting my husband’s diet with baked goods, cheering on my son at track meet, delighting in my daughter’s unique displays of being herself, and dutifully obeying my dog’s daily demands of being walked, petted, and adored.
I graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago with awards in preaching and theology. Before coming to St. John’s Presbyterian Church in 2003, I completed a full-year chaplain residency program at UCSF Medical Center, where I continue to serve as a member of the Professional Advisory Group for Spiritual Care Services.
I love to teach and have keynoted, preached, and led workshops at a variety of different conferences: youth, women leadership, peacemaking, and worship. I completed my Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena in 2019, focusing on leading congregational and organizational change.
I love to bake – partly to justify having a degree in chemistry and partly to tap into the creative side of decorating. Mostly, it helps me let go of intended outcomes when the cake doesn’t come out perfectly and fully celebrate when they come out just as I had hoped.