Favorite Books:
Crazy Love,  by Francis Chan
Kisses From Katie, by Katie Davis
Interrupted, by Jennifer Hatmaker
The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
Still Alice, by Lisa Genova

Favorite TV Shows
Modern Family
Almost anything on HGTV
Project Runway

Favorite Bible Verse
“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”  Philippians 4:13

What I like best about what I do
The kids! It is such a privilege to do what I do and to be able to share the Gospel in such creative and fun ways.

For fun I enjoy

Reading, spending time with family and friends, decorating, teaching at Thrive and going for long walks with our dog, Zoe.  Our favorite place as a family is the beach-any beach and any time of the year!

I grew up in Michigan as an only child with a large extended family.   We went to church regularly, but mostly because it was the right thing to do.  I attended Catholic school, so religious education was a big part of my upbringing. But outside of church and school, we didn’t talk much about God or our faith.  I’ve always believed in God, but I didn’t quite understand what it meant to have a personal relationship with Christ until much later.

After graduating from the smallest high school you can imagine, I attended the University of Michigan where I received a degree in English. Go Blue!  During my college years, I went to church occasionally, but it wasn’t a big part of my life.  After graduation I moved to Richmond to work for Capital One before going on to graduate school where I received my Masters of Teaching. As a teacher, I found my passion and I taught both second and sixth grade.

While at Capital One, I met my amazing husband Jeff. Early in our marriage we moved to the land of sun, surf and perfection-San Diego, CA. Our lives and our faith changed forever with this move. We found a church that felt relevant-what we learned on Sundays, we used on Mondays!  Within a couple of months, we were both serving in Children’s Ministry.  I couldn’t get enough and started hanging around the church helping the children’s pastor any way I could. I started volunteering in children’s ministry because I was a teacher and it felt comfortable.  I never imagined at that time, that I would one day be a children’s ministry director!  It was out in San Diego that I began to make time for God in my daily life and I really began to feel His presence.  I finally understood what people were talking about when they talked about a relationship with God.  I felt changed on the inside and old worries began to disappear. What a difference!

We found Hope shortly after returning to Richmond in 2006 and have loved being a part of the Hope family.  As a new mom, I started attending Thrive and was deeply affected by the teachings and relationships that I found there.  I was eager to get involved in the work Hope was doing, first through Thrive and eventually through The Zone.

Jeff and I have seven-year-old twins, Jack and Grace. You can find them hanging out in The Zone on Sunday mornings and often times you will see them running around Hope during the week.