I’m a twenty-five year old living in “the most famous small town in America.”

Though Central Pennsylvania has been my stomping ground since 2005, I am a Baltimore native and a true Marylander at heart. I love steamed crabs, trips to the beach, and a good summer concert series. And steamed crabs.

I’m a rostered leader in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. In its simplest form, that means my name is on a list in an office on Higgins Road in Chicago. In broader terms, it means that I went through a process in my denomination where (in addition to an incredible amount of prayer and discernment) I attended seminary, completed a long but necessary list of requirements, and was examined by my candidacy committee to determine that I am called to be a leader in the ELCA. I am rostered as an Associate in Ministry, and I strongly feel that part of my call is to educate others about lay rostered leadership in the church.

With two degrees in ministry among young people (a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries with a concentration in Youth Ministry from Messiah College and a Master of Arts in Ministerial Studies in Christian Education with a concentration in Youth and Young Adult Ministry from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg), I thought I’d find myself working with that demographic in a congregation somewhere, but God works in very, very mysterious ways. Instead, I find myself called to the ministry of helping others discern their call to ministry — as the Associate Director of Admissions at the seminary that helped me so greatly in my own discernment journey.

I am passionate about plenty of things — justice, equal rights, peace and reconciliation, and how those issues are deeply connected to the ways in which we are all created in the image of God. I am both a saint and a sinner, and I sometimes heed too greatly Martin Luther’s instruction to sin boldly.


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