I am so excited to make Ellensburg my new home! Though I have not yet been to the town (or even to the state), I already feel like I belong there. Arms have been thrown open for weeks and I’ve been moving closer and closer to the wide embrace of a new community.
I look forward to your love and support during the summer and into the early fall as I find my footing at Lazy F and on the campus of CWU. Unlike the children in Lemony Snicket’s stories, I come to Ellensburg through a Series of Very Fortunate Events (it’s actually the title of my autobiography that I will write in 50 years). God has been active, Christ has been present, and the Holy Spirit has been breathing life into me over these past few months.
I come to Ellensburg from Gainesboro, TN; Evansville, IN; and Evanston, IL. I have spent summers at camps in Dickson, TN and Tulsa, OK. I have spent school years in classrooms as both a teacher and a student. I have been an active participant of a number of campus ministries and organization, each more unique than the last. I believe that it is no accident that I see God so clearly in each of you already, though I do not yet know your names or your faces.
When God shows up unannounced it is one of the best surprises. I love seeing God show up in a number of places. As I work to finish my Masters of Divinity (MDiv) from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, it seems as though I find God way more often than not. It is becoming abundantly clear to me that God has never left; I have only stopped looking or, like a petulant teenager, have given the cold shoulder in response to a warm embrace. I am psyched to see all the places God shows up in Ellensburg – and to hear your stories, because I am sure that God is already there, moving among you.
In the interest of transparency, these are the top five things I would have you know about me:
5. I always put on my left sock and shoe first. It’s nothing against the right foot, it’s just that I feel crooked all day long if the right foot goes first. If I had a choice, I would wear no shoes at all.
4. I could listen to Carrie Newcomer’s music all day long. Other folksy artists are a close second and I will always sing hymns or campfire songs loudly, but with gusto.
3. My favorite kinds of jokes are the punny ones. (See what I did there?) I also have precisely one Bible joke that I can consistently remember. I’ll share it with you sometime when you are in need of a laugh (or a groan – it could really go either way).
2. I would sew, or bake gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free Communion bread for a week if you let me. I find both things to be deeply spiritual practices
1. I am currently loving the theology of Sara Miles. Take This Bread is on the top of my reading list when I don’t have any class work to do.