One of my earliest leadership moments was at thirteen years old. My dad put his arm around me and said, “No one will ever ask you about your GPA in the “real world”. But they will notice how you care for people. Keep loving people and you’ll do great.”
I believe my father saw leadership gifts in me before I did. I didn’t see myself as a leader when I was young. Perhaps I was a good friend, a good student, and a great party thrower! But not a leader. Lack of confidence, nobody looked like me as a leader, and my fear of failure were just a few contributing factors to this narrative. As I matured, I discovered God in my life, and surrounded myself with some good mentors.
I’ve learned that leadership looks different in various seasons and we all have gifts to contribute. I do know that God is delighted to work through each of us. He has good works for us to do, and he loves us dearly. I enjoy helping people find this for themselves and see their lives change as a result.
I graduated from Butler University with a degree in elementary education. I taught fifth grade for a couple of years in Indianapolis, before I went into full time ministry with InterVarsity.
I’m a teacher at heart and have a passion for teaching others about the Lord Jesus Christ through Scripture. I enjoy teaching from Scripture as I speak at conferences, train leaders, and mentor people. I love building relationships with the people I serve alongside, too. As we work together and use our collective gifts for the Kingdom, great things can happen.
I enjoy pastoring and caring for people. I earned a M.A. in Counseling Ministries from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2007. This degree, along with ministry and life experiences, have cultivated much wisdom and empathy in me. Investing in someone’s life, helping them remove obstacles to know more of Christ’s love, and seeing a more abundant life form is incredibly rewarding to me.
national leadership trainings, including a cohort for women advancing to senior leadership.
I have discovered that no matter where God places me, I will find a way to help others know more about Jesus, discover their gifts, and empower them to use these strengths for the healing of this world. When we discover that we truly are God’s masterpieces, created in Christ Jesus, we find freedom to do the good things he planned for us long ago (Ephesians 2:10). And this brings joy not only to others, but to our own hearts, too.