Please reflect on your participation in the life of your congregation, the diocese, and the larger community:
My journey with the Episcopal Church can best be summed up by the immortal words of the Grateful Dead, “What a long strange trip it’s been.” When I walked into St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church almost 20 years ago, I was just looking for a reasonable tradition that I could raise my young children in. We’re now three generations strong at St. Timothy’s because my parents started attending soon after we did.
I would never have guessed 20 years ago that I would become passionately Episcopalian and become completely engrossed in the work the church does. I’ve served on vestry, I’ve been Jr Warden and Sr Warden, I regularly serve at the Shelter House with the youth, I’ve taught Sunday School, I’ve been an usher, I’ve been an acolyte, I’ve traveled to El Hogar, I’ve volunteered with IHN, and I spent countless hours rebranding St Timothy’s logo and creating marketing materials for them. The reason I have dedicated so much of my life to doing these things is because I fell in love with the Episcopal Church and everything it stands for. I searched my entire life for a tradition that would feed my spirit and care about the things I care about and I am grateful to have finally found that.
Maybe most important of all, The Episcopal Church, the Diocese, and St. Timothy’s is where Dori and I have raised our children. As I watch them grow into ethical, spiritual, and caring young adults who are fully committed to social justice, I know that the communion of Saints has truly raised these children.
Why do you feel God is calling you to serve in this position?
I’ve spent a lot of time trying to prayerfully discern if I should run for these positions (Diocesan Council and Standing Committee). Do I want to make the commitment? Do I need some downtime before getting back into the church in a new way? Every time I asked myself these questions, I always came to the same conclusion. I need to offer myself up because I feel God calling me to serve.
As many of you know, I worked for the Bishop’s office as the Director of Communications for seven wonderful years. That puts me in a unique position because I understand the workings of the Diocese as both a parishioner and as a diocesan employee.
I’ve seen the beauty and the challenges of the Episcopal Church on many different levels over the years. As a layperson at St. Timothy’s, as a member of diocesan staff, being an integral part of the last 6 or 7 conventions, and as a lay observer at two General Conventions. I’ve been to dozens of the churches in our diocese and I’ve spoken to hundreds of parishioners spanning every section of our diocese over the past 7 years. My hope is that my unique perspective will help to bring the entire diocese closer together. I love our church and I am dedicated to doing everything in my power to serve the people of the Diocese of Southern Ohio in whatever capacity I can. Thank you for your consideration.