Favorite Verse:

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

Favorite Places:

Bookstores and libraries

Favorite Book I read in 2016:

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Favorite Quotes:

“Love, I realized, is not efficient.” Paul E. Miller

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Favorite Things to do besides read:

Cooking and gardening, while listening to a book I downloaded on Audible.

My Family:

My husband Tom and I have been married since 1994 and we have three children: Elizabeth, Charlotte and Thomas.

I grew up in Chesapeake, Virginia, with my parents and my younger brother.  I’ve been a Christian since I was a very little girl, and my faith has grown and stretched and matured over the years. My mother and her family truly love Jesus and we have quite a few pastors, theologians and ministry workers on board who have taught and inspired me throughout my life. I went to Georgetown University and majored in English and history with an unofficial minor in theology (all the books! All the stories!) Several years later I received a Master’s degree in English literature (more books!) from New York University.

My husband and I have lived in eight different places in twenty-two years.  We’ve made wonderful friends and been part of supportive and engaged church communities wherever we’ve lived, but when we came to Hope, all five of us exhaled and said, “Yes.  This is our church.” Ever since then, our family has gotten involved in life at Hope.  We’ve volunteered on teams, joined and led small groups, attended Hope Kids and Hope Students, hosted dinners in our home, worked in the nursery, donated to Hope Thrift and Hope Places and generally been “all-in” on this journey to find life in Christ.

Our family is different because of Hope.  We walked into Hope, after a lifetime of walking into church, and we knew we’d found a place where it was okay to be exactly who we are.  A little broken, a little messy, and sometimes weary.  We found a community that gracefully and generously offers us the experiences, relationships and places to find the peace and love we know only God’s presence provides. My favorite thing about my job is that I get to be part of the larger story of Hope—and to offer humbly and joyfully what I once received.