I am currently a student at McCormick Theological Seminary, in my second year in the Master’s of Divinity program. I will be seeking ordination in the future, but am still discerning my denomination. Before coming to McCormick, I lived in Madison, WI, where I worked in campus ministry at the University of Wisconsin. I led small groups, worship, and other programming there, as well as visited individually with students. I attended St. Olaf College in Minnesota for undergraduate school and double-majored in Religion and Exercise Science, and also played varsity ice hockey and club lacrosse there. Despite now calling the Midwest my home, I’m originally from a small town in Northwestern Pennsylvania, and feel most at home when I’m in the middle of the forest or cornfields.
I am currently a second year Masters of Divinity student at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston. For me, church is home, the place I worshiped, learned, enjoyed fellowship, served and even just hung out for as long as I can remember. I plan to be ordained in the United Methodist Church as an elder and to serve as a pastor of a church. I earned my B.A. in elementary education from Cornell College in Iowa and have taught 4th grade as well as 7th and 8th grade math and science. I spent a year working with Christian Peacemaker Teams, serving 6 months in Israel and Palestine doing peace work. This summer I acted at the Dean of Servant Heart Ministries, a service oriented program at a Methodist Church camp in my home state of Minnesota. All of these experiences have given me valuable resources on which to draw in my ministry.
In my free time, I participate in a variety of activities. I enjoy working for social justice and am active on campus in Beatitudes Society. I like to fence and enjoy being able to do so with the Northwestern University team. Long walks and fiction reading also provide a welcome break from my studies. When I have time, I also do knitting and cross-stitch projects.
I am looking forward to my studies this year and to working at Broadway UMC.