I want to extend my deepest gratitude and excitement for the opportunity to serve as your Associate Pastor. When I first began discerning my call to ministry, places and locations stood out as marks of holy moments in my journey with Christ. With great joy I am pleased to be coming back to my hometown!
Wichita is where I first began to learn about the Bible, who Jesus is and what the church does. The experiences I had during youth group, summer mission trips and confirmation laid a firm foundation for me to continue loving God and loving my neighbors.
As a student at Kansas State University I studied Geography and Community Development. The themes of how people interact on a global scale and within a local community prompted me to rethink the mission of the church. God was revealing something new and more complex- we live in an increasingly messy world and there is a needed Christian response to those injustices. The K-State Wesley Foundation was a place of belonging, a place were I could ask hard questions and dig deeper into what it means to follow Christ.
The yearning I had to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God lead me to seminary. I chose to attend Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., where there was a designated program for urban ministries and theology in the public square. My husband Joe and I both attended Wesley and graduated in May 2017. Joe is currently a chaplain intern at Wesley Medical Center. We are very humbled by all of the gracious words of welcome and look forward to connecting and listening to your experiences at First UMC, where God is visibly at work in this community and ways we can grow disciples for the transformation of the world.