I grew up in central Illinois and was lucky to be raised as a member of the Unitarian Universalist church of Bloomington Normal. After graduating with a degree in visual art from Oberlin College, I spent twelve years as an artist and photographer before discovering my passion for ministry and faith formation. With a background in art and music, I try to bring a creative spirit to all that I do.
As a spiritual leader, I am committed to the values of empathy, compassion, social engagement, and honesty and strive to put these at the center of my ministry. My spiritual practice is seeing the divine in the everyday experiences of life; my morning cup of coffee, the moment right before someone laughs, the feeling I get when I hear a song from my childhood, the sound of rain at night, or an unexpected moment of connection with a stranger.