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GET TO KNOW ME

There's no place like home

And home is where family is. You can learn a lot more about me and my family on the About page, but what you should most know about me is that I know how deeply blessed I am to be loved by a family that cares for each other, and blessed to do work that I love. From my earliest years growing up as a UU in a small congregation in Kansas, to seminary and service in some of the largest congregations in the country, our family has always called church an essential part of our lives. I'm grateful to be considered as part of your search for your next senior minister, and look forward to getting to know you. 

 

EXPERIENCE

What I’ve Done

May 2016 - Current

ASSOCIATE MINISTER, JEFFERSON UNITARIAN CHURCH

Called second minister, providing sabbatical ministry coverage, leading the staff safety team, supervising intern ministers, and all other responsibilities previously noted.

August 2014 - May 2016

ASSISTANT MINISTER, JEFFERSON UNITARIAN CHURCH

Hired second minister, with responsibilities including 1x/month preaching, leadership on adult faith formation, small groups, social justice teams, and pastoral care.

August 2013 - July 2014

MINISTER, UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF GREELEY

Half-time contract minister leading worship twice a month, providing support for leadership teams, including the board, providing pastoral care, and leading rites of passage for members and non-members.

August 2012 - July 2013

INTERN, ALL SOULS UNITARIAN CHURCH,
TULSA, OK

Ministerial intern, teaching adult classes, preaching, providing pastoral care, and leading rites of passage for members and non-members.

June - August 2011

CHAPLAIN, VA MEDICAL CENTER, PALO ALTO CALIFORNIA

A Clinical Pastoral Experience (CPE) Chaplain at a large (>3,000 staff) hospital complex, including responsibilities at the Western Regional Center for the Blind and First Step Drug & Alcohol Rehab Center, within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

December 2005 - July 2010

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST II, KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT

Watershed planner evaluating water quality status and providing plans to limit pollutants to maximum daily loads to regain compliance with designated uses and the requirements of the Clean Water Act.

 

EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

August 2009 - May 2012

M. DIV, STARR KING SCHOOL OF THE MINISTRY

With a focus on Unitarian Universalist congregational life and theology. Student body treasurer.

August 2001 - May 2005

B.S., BIOLOGY, KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Graduated with honors. Specializing in water quality, with a secondary major in Natural Resources & Environmental Science. Two summers worth of funded Research Experience for Undergraduates grant support.

August 2018 - May 2021

B.A., SPANISH, METROPOLITAN STATE UNIVERSITY OF DENVER

Summa Cum Laude, with a certificate in Spanish Translation. Invited guest presenter at the Undergraduate Research Conference. Read more about why I pursued this second bachelor's degree on the page about our social justice work. 

 

MY MINISTRY

Living our UU values

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SOCIAL JUSTICE

A faith with a spiritual center and a civic circumference. Learn more on the Social Justice page. 

LIFE-AFFIRMING RITUALS

Church happens wherever we are, including in a pandemic. We honor births, mourn losses, and celebrate unions. Learn more on the Rites of Passage page. 

 
 
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"Faith is forged not by the mind alone but by the mind's risky, messy encounter with the world at large. Faith is not something you have; it is something you do."

Christian Wiman