My story starts in the rural community of Hookstown, Pennsylvania where my father was a health physicist and my mother was an English instructor at a local community college. I graduated from South Side High School in 2002.
Following high school, I attended the Community College of Beaver County and went on to graduate from Slippery Rock University with an emphasis in Journalism in 2008. While at Slippery Rock University, I served two years in the AmeriCorps program coordination service projects in Butler County, Pennsylvania.
After college, I found myself feeling called to go into ministry and moved across the country where I attended San Francisco Theological Seminary. My experience at SFTS was an enriching time in my life where I had the opportunity to study the theological giants such as Karl Barth, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Reinhold Niebuhr, and James Cone. I earned my Master of Divinity from SFTS in 2013.
My first ministry experience out of seminary was serving as a resident chaplain as part of a Clinical Pastoral Education program at Maryview Bon Secours Hospital in Portsmouth, Va. My CPE residency was a challenging yet transforming experience as I earned four units of Clinical Pastoral Education while gaining chaplain experience in the healthcare setting.
It was also during my time during my residency that I was introduced to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination while serving as an interim minister for a Disciples congregation. This experience not only gave me the opportunity to serve in congregational ministry but led me to become ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in October 2016.
In recent years, I’ve had the opportunity to gain professional experiences in congregational ministry, and additionally, experience working non-profit organizational leadership, fundraising, and community and marketing relations. Most notably, I served two years at the minister of Community and Campus Relations at UniPlace Christian Church in Champaign, IL where I worked to connect their congregation to the larger community while overseeing its community dinner program and social-justice outreach programs.
In December 2016, I followed a call into military chaplaincy and became a chaplain in the United States Air Force Reserve. Being in the military, especially the Air Force as a chaplain, has been a calling of mine ever since I was in high school. Being able to give back to my country while helping men and women in uniform is truly an honor.
Today, in addition to serving in the Air Force as a chaplain, I’m working in congregational ministry as a church pastor and as a hospital chaplain. This summer, I’m getting married to my fiance who is also an ordained minister.
For myself, I try to follow the wisdom of the prophet Micah in my call which is to “act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” For me, my passion for social justice, especially those relating to equality and human rights, intersect with my spiritual faith and my own spiritual story.