I’m an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). My ministry began with a clinical pastoral residency program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. I then moved to Chicago to serve Lake View Presbyterian Church as the associate pastor overseeing the young adult program, Christian education for children and youth, and directing a Friday evening program for LGBTQ street youth. I have since served as an interim youth director in New Jersey, solo pastor of a multi-ethnic congregation in Queens, NY, as the Director of Church Relations at Princeton Theological Seminary, and as the pastor in residence at the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, CT. I currently work as a consultant with Vandersall Collective, the Transformational Pastor of Hillsborough Presbyterian Church, and the Program Director of the “Cultivating Enough” initiative of the Presbytery of Philadelphia.
I’ve been dedicated my life and career to racial and gender justice. I’m interested in the ways that the intersections of all parts of one’s identity can be embraced as strengths. This work brought me to denominational leadership, including service as the Vice-Moderator of the 221st General Assembly and a current member of the General Assembly Committee on Representation and the Committee on Ministry of Monmouth Presbytery. I also am a founding board member of the Collective Foundation, researching the fundraising practices in Christian communities of color.
I’m always looking for ways to challenge the structures and assumptions of life together while honoring our history. I chose the cover image for this website from a photograph taken during a visit to the Bethel Murdoch Presbyterian Church in Loveland, OH. Several years ago the congregation made the tough decision to demolish the manse that had housed many of the former pastors. A member took the mantle of the fireplace and carved the chalice and paten shown in the photograph. It’s a testimony that, rooted in our past, we can chart a new course that celebrates where we have come from while acknowledging that there is still more of the story to be told!
When I’m not doing “churchy things,” I love cooking, traveling, exploring new places with my family, writing, and jumping into anything with two feet!
B.A., Rutgers University
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary