I became a Presbyterian when I joined the First Presbyterian Church in Jamestown, New York soon after my marriage to Dwayne over thirty years ago. Raised in a Missouri Synod Lutheran Church on Long Island, New York, I felt a call to ministry at a very young age; it was the Jamestown church, however, which recognized my call and took me under care as I finished my bachelor degree at the State University of New York at Fredonia with a major in Psychology and my M.Div. at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Ordained in 1987, I was installed as Associate Pastor of the Allen Park Presbyterian Church in Allen Park, Michigan, and in 1991 as Associate Pastor of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Livonia, Michigan. In the Presbytery of Detroit, I served on the Evangelism and Redevelopment Committee, the search committee and administrative commission for the New Church Development in Hartland, Michigan, as well as other committees and task forces.
I served as pastor of the former Westminster Presbyterian Church in Baytown 1998-2004, leading the congregation through an intentional process of transformation and renewal. As a member of the Presbytery of New Covenant, I have served on the Evangelism and Renewal Committee, the New Church Development committee, Ministries Division Steering Committee and General Council.
Elected to the position of Associate General Presbyter in November 2004, I served the Presbytery of New Covenant in the areas of congregational transformation, new church development, and congregational care. I worked with the 105 congregations and over 12 new church development projects, has been instrumental in the chartering of five new congregations, and has developed programs and projects including the “Future Story Project,” “Vision Consultants,” and “Transition Care Teams.”
I left my position in Houston, and in September 2011 I began serving the presbyteries of Monmouth and New Brunswick in Central New Jersey as Regional Presbyter. After my three-year term, I decided to move to part-time work with one presbytery. I am now serving Monmouth Presbytery and working on writing and consulting projects.
Dwayne and I have one daughter, Kate, who is a research scientist (linguist) at the University of North Texas. She and her husband, Ben, are living in Fort Collins, Colorado. We also claim many other “daughters” as we have hosted five international exchange students from Korea, France, Germany, Thailand and Austria, and have had many other young people in and out of our home over the years.
For enjoyment, I love to sing, play guitar and piano, travel, ride my motorcycle with Dwayne, spend time in conversation with friends, connect via Facebook or Skype with friends and relatives, and get involved in local community activities. Most recently we’ve been living hospitality by hosting guests through Airbnb.