Training & Experience: I graduated with my Masters in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care from Talbot School of Theology in 2009. I served as adjunct faculty at Talbot and worked for the Center for Spiritual Renewal giving spiritual direction to the Biola community. I also facilitated peer supervision of spiritual directors for the CSR. Since moving to the Bay Area, I have given direction in partnership with Via Vitera and collaborated with local churches to offer group and individual spiritual direction as well as mini retreats for groups of various sizes. I am experienced working with women and men; clergy, lay leaders and regular folks.
Denominational Affiliation: Grab a cup of coffee, it’s a long story. Being from Minnesota, I was initially raised Lutheran (I have a strong affection for the green LBW!) and then we switched to Ev Free. In college I attended a couple of different Baptist churches. While attending grad school, I went to Mosaic (an emergent church). There were also a few more Ev Free churches in the mix.
Since moving to the Bay area, I’ve been worshiping with the Presbyterians, and now I've circled back to the Lutherans. I am enjoying discovering the wider stream of Christianity and the richness of spiritual practices therein.
Specialties: Given my background and education, I am especially attuned to the needs and challenges of those in the Evangelical tradition. Folks often come to me when they've been Christians for a while and find themselves asking "Is this all there is to it?" or "What happened to the living water that was supposed to be flowing through me?" Sometimes they are just plain weary, tired of doing all the right things and feeling like God and the abundant life are out of reach. Or they've found that biblical and theological answers to questions that had made sense their whole lives no longer seem like enough. All of these questions are most welcome direction, there is no need to be alone in it.
Style of Direction: I'm profoundly awed to be invited along on another's journey. I hear their deep wish for flourishing and hold hope for them as they grapple with their faith and simultaneously struggle for authenticity. I consider it a privilege to sit with another, listening to their story and discerning together what God may be inviting them to next. I also enjoy helping people find prayer practices that fit their lives now.
Personal information: I love drinking coffee, practicing yoga, zumba, coloring, reading, enjoying nature, wine “tasting” and watching my kids grow into open, trusting and loving humans.