I am a native Texan, born in Houston and raised in Austin. I am a Texas Aggie by way of undergrad and a Duke Blue Devil since seminary. I came to Vista Ridge United Methodist Church after serving as Associate Pastor at Fellowship UMC in Trophy Club. I have worn many hats, having served as youth pastor, lead pastor of an emerging worship community, director of online ministry, adult education, women’s ministry, graphic design, and my favorite role … the Vacation Bible School Storyteller!
I came to the North Texas Conference by transfer from the Western North Carolina Conference where I was a commissioned elder. I was ordained in the North Texas Conference in 2020. In North Carolina, I served several churches after graduating with my MDiv. from Duke University in 2008. I started out as the director of an at-risk youth center in downtown Charlotte, N.C. From there I spent some time as the International Intern at the Instituto Central do Povo, in the metro favela of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. When I returned to the states, I served as the Family Pastor at First UMC Charlotte and then as the Associate Pastor at First UMC Gastonia, N.C., before moving to North Texas with my family at the end of 2016.
Since serving in the North Texas Conference I have helped create a new conference youth camp called SURGE which ran summers 2018 and 2019. I currently serve on the Clergywomen’s Leadership Team as well as the North Central Committee on the District Superintendency. In 2020, I was selected by the Texas Methodist Foundation to participate in the Courageous Leaders Imperative Edge Cohort. This is a three-year endeavor with a group of 11 pastors who are leading and learning at the edge. It has been an incredible resource that has already greatly impacted the way I envision the church transforming towards a creative and redeeming future.
I have served a diverse range of people in a multitude of ways but the roles I am most honored to serve are as wife and mother. I met Jorja, my 15 year old, a few months after I started dating my husband, Jonathan. She was 10 when we married in 2016, and in 2017 we welcomed Everly Joy, our 4 year old, to complete our family. My husband is the Senior Estimator and head of Business Development at Baker Drywall. Jorja serves as the Vice President of her sophomore class at Byron Nelson High School and Everly Joy believes she is in charge of ALL the things. Raising strong women is one way I believe I can help change the world, as they have already changed mine.