Travel is a great joy for me…seeing God’s world opens my eyes to the differences and commonalities among people and cultures.
I have been privileged to visit fourteen different countries or territories. Some more than once.
I think Ohio sweet corn is the best corn in the world.
I usually plant tomatoes in my backyard in summer. This year I have 3 varieties planted.
My father died of cancer when I was eight years old.
I come from a blended family, since my mother (Rose) married my stepfather (Chuck). Each had children and they had one child together. There are 5 of us siblings.
Most of my extended family still lives in Louisiana.
My parents and my sister lost their homes and belongings during Hurricane Katrina. So did several aunts/uncles and cousins.
I have great childhood memories of attending UCC church camp at Diehlman Center in Waveland, Mississippi.
My favorite Christmas hymn is “Once in Royal David’s City”.
I am sacramental in spirit. I love receiving and sharing Holy Communion and presiding over baptisms.
I love children…appropriately.
After college, I taught school for 6 months in a mental health center, focusing on severely disturbed children. I feared for my life several times because of the violence in those 6- to 8-year olds.
I have great respect for teachers.
I like to ski, but I’m not very good at it.
For eleven years, I was Executive Director of the Wesleyan Senior Living Foundation, combining my call to ministry and my gifts in fundraising and administration.
My family moved a lot when I was a kid. I attended 8 different schools between Kindergarten and 12th grade.
I believe the Church should be open and welcoming to all people. I think God offers an extravagant welcome and churches should, too.
I’m pretty knowledgeable with a computer.
If I had to choose another vocation, I might want to be a graphic designer.
I often play hymns on the piano for my personal devotion time.
I don’t like to play for others because I never feel like I’m good enough.
I first thought about being a minister as a teenager. I had great role models in the pastors of my youth, and I wanted to live my life like they lived theirs.
[See part 1 here]