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Hey! I'm a writer-speaker-coach-pastor type of person. Also, I'm a Seminary student because I can't say no to learning. I'm an ordained minister with 14 years of pastoral experience (including church planting in downtown Iowa City, IA). In my ministry fellowship, I serve as a sectional presbyter and the team lead for the Iowa Network of Women Ministers. 

I got my B.A. in English and Religion from the University of Iowa and then went on to get a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, WA. I'm also a coach certified in the International Coaching Federation's Core Competencies, and I'm passionate about helping leaders get to the finish line in one piece--i.e. not burning out, falling apart, or imploding as they run toward the goal.

I've been married to Mark for 25 years and am mom to three daughters. I love reading, theology, musical theatre, organic vegetables, crocheting baby blankets, and my Goldendoodle Wynnie. 

Whether I do it through writing, preaching, coaching or coffee dates, I feel like I'm in exactly the right place when I'm helping others to see God's activity in their lives and in the world around them. 

If you want to follow my latest writing projects, coaching news, and insights from seminary (!) I invite you to subscribe to my newsletter, Dear Exile.

As my family and I strolled to a country wedding, this little fire station we passed called out for a photo sesh. 

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