Acting Associate Pastor
As the Acting Associate Pastor, I would like to welcome you on behalf of Fauntleroy Church, as well as on behalf of the Christian Education Ministry, part of my ministry here at Fauntleroy. Although I raised four children in UW Husky territory, I graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in secondary education and completed graduate work at UCLA to learn better strategies to support English Language Learners. And then came a Spirit-led bend in the road that had me leaning into my faith journey more and more.
After many years of teaching, I was invited by churches to pour my passion into creating children's sermons and worship services, serve as a lay minister in Christian Education, preach, lead retreats and service projects, and even spend some time as Moderator of the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ. Feeling the nudge of a “come and see!” call all along this good way, I completed my MDiv at Seattle University and was invited by Fauntleroy to serve in its dynamic, life-long learning ministry for all ages. When I’m not at church, I enjoy time with my two grandchildren. And I have been known to go on an occasional grand adventure to keep leaning on all my boundaries--a bit of skydiving, a climb up Mt. Rainer, a journey to Nogales to add to the UCC’s witness at the border.
If you are looking for a faith community that also likes to lean on its boundaries, you’ll find it here. Every Sunday morning we start by affirming, “Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.” And we mean it! As all ages gather for worship and the choir’s anthems reach the rafters, the Spirit of love and hospitality moves from the sanctuary to the fourth-floor Sunday School rooms, around the youth and study groups, and out the doors into the community again, richer and more visible in our service to God’s wider world.
I look forward to meeting you and discovering what we can do to help you lean on your faith boundaries, too. Whoever you are, wherever you are on life’s journey . . . and whenever you are ready, we welcome you here at Fauntleroy Church, United Church of Christ!