Courses I Teach:
• Old Testament
• New Testament
• Introduction to Christian Education
• Life-long Discipleship
• The Bible, Theology and Theory in Christian Education
• Advanced Teaching and Curriculum
• Leadership in Congregations and Faith-based Nonprofits
• Advocacy and Ministry with Children and their Families
• Ministries with Youth and their Families
• Education for Mission
“Christ came to take away our sins…not our minds,” quips one of my favorite public theologians William Sloane Coffin, Jr., and encapsulates my fascination with the interplay of faith, understanding and practice. Ours is a thinking faith that informs a life of discipleship. My own Reformed roots run deep grounding my teaching and ministry as I encourage students to “know what you believe and why you believe it” then go out and live it!
Before coming to Presbyterian College in 2010, I served the church for twenty-five years as pastor and educator (ordained and non-ordained,) in congregations small and large all across the south. In each place I found that God had a way of using and honing my gifts particularly in the teaching ministries whether that was with children, youth or adults. While my primary passion is education and teaching a close second is child advocacy – working towards a world where all God’s children can grow into the fullness for which God created them – especially those who are most vulnerable. This led early in my ministry to serving as the organizing chair of the Presbyterian Child Advocacy Network and later called me to serve on staff of the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, DC and contract staff for the National Council of Churches (USA).
Presbyterian College is a perfect place to live into my call to teach and prepare young people for a live of ministry and service and I am committed to teaching here because it welcomes the integration of faith, academics and a life of service. It is a place that encourages students to have a thinking faith that gets lived out every day. I love Christian Education because it bridges real life experience with theory and theology. My “sweet spot” is journeying with students as they prepare to make a difference in the world through faithful and thoughtful leadership.
When I’m not teaching I enjoy cooking, gathering with friends for communal meals and conversations and hanging out with our CE puppy Bronwyn.