About Me

I am a certified Christian Educator with over 25 years of experience and passion in Youth Ministry and Christian Education. I am a 1991 graduate of The Presbyterian School of Christian Education with a Masters in Christian Education and Certification. My intention is to provide consultation and/or leadership to churches or other programs that are in need of an educator's gifts or are looking for a fresh perspective. I enjoy working with Christian Education committees, laypeople, and young people, as well as colleagues in ministry. My experiences are very diverse--from working in a local church, writing curriculum for the local and national church, to providing leadership for church retreats and conferences. I am a ruling elder who believes that we are all called to be ministers and educators to one another. My most recent work experiences are as follows:

  • Director of Christian Education at New Hope Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill NC, 2011 to present
  • Member of the Connecting Team for The Association of Presbyterian Church Educators
  • Planning Team member for 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium
  • Led family retreat for First Presbyterian Church, Wilmington NC, Fall 2014 and for Cary Presbyterian Church, Spring 2015
  • Consulted with Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church Educational Task force, helping them evaluate the Christian Educational programs, Spring 2014
  • APCE Mid-Atlantic Fall Retreat Planning Team, 2013, 2015, 2016
  • Spirituality and Sexuality Retreat leader for First Presbyterian Church, Durham 2012, and First Presbyterian Church Charlotte, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Consulted with St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Hillsborough NC, Task force, helping them to evaluate their educational programs for children and youth and examine staffing needs
  • Keynote and Bible study leader for Hawfield Presbyterian Church's Women's Retreat March 2013
  • Lead session retreat for Kernersville Moravian Church January 2013
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church Women’s Retreat Planning Committee 6 years
  • Workshop Leader for Association of Presbyterian Church Educators 2012: "Spirit of the Living God: Fall Afresh on Youth" a two hour workshop on spiritual stations for middle school and high school youth
  • Workshop Leader for Association of Presbyterian Church Educators 2011: "Journey to the Cross: An experiential curriculum for children focusing on Jesus' last week of ministry"
  • Workshop Leader for Growing Together, New Hope Presbytery, Fall 2010. Led two workshops, one on Youth Ministry and one on Starting a Parenting Class
  • Keynoter for Montreat Middle School Conference, July 2010
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church Teacher Education "Spiritual Practices: Caring for ourselves and the ones whom we teach", February 2010
  • New Hope Presbytery Educator's Gathering "Journey to the Cross: An experiential curriculum for children focusing on Jesus' last week of ministry", January 2010
  • Youth Ministry Workshop Church of the Reconciliation (PCUSA), January 2010
  • Workshop Leader for S.A.L.T. (Serving and Learning Together) Youth Leadership Conference, Massanetta Nov. 2009
  • Montreat Youth Conference Small Group Manual Writer 2009; MYC small group leader 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Montreat Music and Worship Conference Older Youth Bible study co-author and co-leader 2007
  •  Mid-week program co-coordinator and leader for Westminster Presbyterian children program 2002 to 2012
  • Lead Teacher, Parenting Class, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Durham NC (2006 to 2010)
  • Camp Albermarle Children's Bible study author and leader, one session, July 2006
  • Curriculum writer for Presbyterian Church USA Older Youth, Fall 2003
  • Montreat Adjunct staff for Presbyterian Women’s Conference, July 1998
  • Peacemaking Conference Youth Bible Study Coordinator, July 1998
  • Part-Time Children Ministry Coordinator, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Durham N.C., 1999-2000
  • Director of Christian Education and Youth Director, University Presbyterian Church, Chapel Hill N.C., 1992-1997

Professional Development

  • Association of Presbyterian Church Educators Conference 22 years
  • Annual Recreation Workshop 2006
  • Selected as A Guthrie Scholar Columbia Seminary, Fall 2008
  • The Blaze Youth Leaders Conference, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
  • Duke Divinity School Preaching for Lay Pastors, fall 2011,


I believe in the Triune God and the Priesthood of
all believers.  I claim Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and do my
best to serve Him every day.  I know that I fall far short of this and
am grateful for and humbled by the forgiveness of sins and the grace of a
loving God. I believe in prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit 
intersect our lives and connect us to each other and to God.
I love being a member of the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)
because I believe in the connectional church and that we all have gifts
to share with one another. I love learning about and with other
denominations/faiths because I believe God's gifts and knowledge of God
extend beyond the walls of my own church.

  I live in Chapel Hill NC with my husband Mark, three girls, and one rowdy dog named Heidi. My hobbies are horseback riding, swimming, and spending time with my family.