pastor. writer. editor.
Let me introduce myself:
First, you should know I love coffee and tacos, and that I read and think and write and preach.
I’m a life-long Californian, student, and story-teller. I grew up in Pismo Beach on the Central Coast, attended Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, and settled in the Bay Area. Currently, I’m the lead pastor at Hayward First Church of the Nazarene in the East Bay, the general editor at A Plain Account, a recent graduate from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a resident with The Possibility Project.
Before all those things, I’m a Christ-follower, a daughter, a sister, a friend.
I consider it a great honor and joy to spend time with communities sharing some thoughts about God and life. I would love to speak at your church, retreat, camp, living room, podcast, or wherever else your community gathers, so please contact me if you're interested in scheduling a speaking engagement.
I’m so glad you’ve come by my home on the web. I hope we’ll be friends.
complete resume and curricula vitae available on request
January 2018 - present
Leading the congregation of Hayward First Church of the Nazarene and launching the Hayward Mission (Hayward, CA)
some other things i'm working on:
A PLAIN ACCOUNT
A Wesleyan lectionary commentary resourcing preachers
A Plain Account is a free Wesleyan Lectionary Commentary drawn from the texts prescribed by the Revised Common Lectionary and from essays submitted by pastors, teachers, professors, and scholars from multiple traditions who all trace their roots to John Wesley. At A Plain Account we seek to provide a heterogeneous perspective for Wesleyan preaching.
THE POSSIBILITY PROJECT
An intentional Christian community in the California Bay Area
This is a two year discipleship and leadership development program designed for Christians who desire to live and work in the Bay Area. Possibility People are continually answering the questions: What is God calling you to do? And how can you be faithful? We live together, eat together, study together, sing and pray together... We're basically an urban monastery.
An emerging media-missions ministry
Saving Acts connects ministry partners and creative storytellers to the grand narrative of God’s work in the world. We partner with ministries witnessing God’s saving acts and we empower creative storytellers to share what they witness. This year we have been to Sierra Leone documenting WASH programs, Costa Rica visiting a seminary, Sri Lanka partnering with The Justice Movement, and Ecuador collaborating with church planters.
SOCIETY FOR WOMEN THEOLOGIANS
An ecumenical group supporting women’s voices in theology
We’re just launching as an official group, currently meeting regularly and planning larger gatherings to support women in ministry locally and globally. We have a website with podcasts, blog, and other resources coming soon.