Please describe your participation in the life of your congregation, the diocese, and the larger community
I am relatively new to The Diocese of Southern Ohio and Saint Barnabas in Montgomery, Ohio. My husband and I moved from Dallas, Texas in December of 2020. I was placed at St. Barnabas by Bishop Price assigned me to serve at Saint Barnabas in April of 2021. I have been serving since that time liturgically, preaching on a regular basis, developing relationships with the parish, encouraging our members in their own ministries and supporting the Altar Guild since their leader stepped down. In February of this year Bishop Smith accepted my Letters Dimissory from the Diocese of Dallas.
Since my arrival in Cincinnati, I have been pursuing a relationship with the Episcopal Retirement Services. I have felt called to support the caregivers of Seniors, particularly those dealing with dementia. I have begun conversations with the ERS Director of Memory Support and Inclusion.
Why do you feel God is calling you to serve in this position?
In my life time I have discovered that God often calls me through the words of others. So when I here that kind of call I stop and pay attention. Most recently I heard that kind of call from our Archdeacon Paul Scanlan, when he told me I would be a good addition to the Diocesan Council. After some time of meditation, prayerful consideration and discussion with my husband I have decided to accept that call. That is why I am offering myself as a candidate for the Diocesan Council.