Training and Experience: In 2016, I graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree from Church Divinity School of the Pacific. I was ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of California and currently serve as associate rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Burlingame, CA. I received a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Mercy Center’s Spiritual Directors Institute in the spring of 2010 and have been offering individual, group, and retreat spiritual direction since that time.
Denominational Affiliation: I grew up in the Evangelical Free Church. As a young adult, I was deeply involved in a church affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA. I have found my spiritual home in The Episcopal Church in which I minister as priest, and I am grateful for the rich breadth of spiritual practices I have encountered in my varied church communities. An internship in interfaith chaplaincy at Stanford Hospital gave me rich experiences of accompanying people from a a variety of faith traditions, helping them to encounter the Holy using their own spiritual resources. I have worked with and welcome directees of all religious affiliations.
Specialties: I offer individual and group spiritual direction, retreat direction, and contemplative parenting mini-retreats. I have much experience with individuals in times of transitions and those for whom formerly life-giving faith practices have grown stale. Discerning the “still, small voice” of Spirit in the midst of our noisy lives takes work. I delight in that kind of listening!
Style of Direction: Individual direction is a three-way conversation between Spirit, the directee, and the director, and the directee’s relationship with God is the primary focus. My intention in listening is to hold space for the individual to attend to God’s voice and respond authentically. I have been described as a warm, gentle, patient, hospitable listener by former directees.
Personal Information: I have been passionate about people and their relationships with God and each other since childhood. As a young adult, I earned a M.A. in Early Childhood Education and taught and administered preschool and toddler programs for children and their parents. I have raised three children, now teens and young adults, and am enjoying watching them “become themselves" as they mature. For fun, I hike, read, listen to live music, knit, and laugh with friends.