I help people like you to become grounded in their spiritual beliefs and practices, grow their self-awareness, and overcome difficult and uncomfortable situations and experiences.WORK WITH ME
I have more than 20 years experience working with people to become grounded in their spiritual beliefs and practices, grow their self-awareness, and overcome difficult and uncomfortable situations and experiences. I am an experienced pastor, trained in Bowen Theory, and certified in Transformative Mediation. I was called into ministry, much to my surprise, after becoming a biologist and serving for ten years in the Illinois Army National Guard as a utility helicopter mechanic, the first woman to do so.
Having lived in the Midwest, I have a deep appreciation for farmers and the lessons of the Gospel dramatized by the sowing, tending, and harvesting year after year.
“God’s glory and God’s story are all around us if we take the time to see. Lessons of life and death, struggle and celebration, heartbreak and harvest - life always wins.”
My passion in ministry is to live and worship alongside the people who live and work in rural communities. I have served the Illiopolis Christian Church (DOC) since July 2, 2001. January 1, 2012 I began serving both Illiopolis and Niantic Christian Churches (DOC) and continue in ministry there today.
I am at home in the difficult spaces of peoples’ lives, willing to listen and to walk with those who struggle and suffer. I am a trained coach and have consulted with churches in conflict. Not your stereotypical minister, I embrace the Gospel with joy and laughter as I seek to help those around me grow in faith and understanding, always striving to leave people better than they came. An agent of wholeness, I work to invite others into a space where they can understand how ridiculously loved and valued they are by God/Higher Power/Spirit.
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I do Transformative Mediation with organizations and groups experiencing conflict to bring them to resolution and growth.
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