From a young age, I felt a call to ministry. Raised Southern Baptist in rural North Carolina, I was fortunate enough to discover Unitarian Universalism on the Outer Banks of North Carolina in 1984. When I attended East Carolina University, I was very involved in Baptist Campus Ministry and worked during summers at Baptists camps for girls and young women. During my time on the Outer Banks, I worked with resort ministries and later was the Director of a Center for Older Adults. My volunteer work included the CROP Walk and serving on the boards of the Arts Council and the Voluntary Action Center.
My journey to San Diego led me to much personal and spiritual growth. For most of my time there, I was a full-time Holistic Health Practitioner. In 2006, based in part on my previous experience with Campus Ministry and the transformative part it played in my life as a young adult, I applied for and was offered the position of Young Adult and Campus Ministry Coordinator at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego. It is clear to me that young adults need ministry now. And we can’t wait for them to come back to us. We need to make sure that they understand that we want them and we expect them to stay involved in our faith, and in our movement. Young adulthood is also a time when folks in other religious traditions “find” UU. One of my greatest joys is hearing someone’s story and helping them find a home with the Unitarian Universalists.
I am a candidate for UU ministry studying at Meadville Lombard Theological School. As a part of my educational process, I completed my Clinical Pastoral Education as a hospital chaplain at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego.
I enjoy hiking, rituals, gardening, the ocean, the mountains and walking with my husband, Rev. David Miller, who is the Parish Minister at the UU Congregation of Fairfax. I’m beyond excited to be working with Rev. Kate Walker and all of you at Mount Vernon UU. I very much look forward to getting to know you, hearing your stories, learning with you and growing together.