Director of Justice & Communications
IN A NUTSHELL:
I’m a native Carolinian with equal pulls towards wanderlust and rootedness. While I happily call the QC home, a significant chunk of my heart will always reside in the college town of Clemson, South Carolina – GO TIGERS! After college I taught public elementary school for four life-changing years. Then, following a particularly impactful trip to Guatemala, I transitioned to working in international ministry. Watershed has been a constant across my eight years in Charlotte, and today I’m delighted to call my church community my professional community as well! For my fellow nerds: I’m an INFJ on the Myers-Briggs and a type one on the Enneagram.
I SHARE MY LIFE WITH:
My husband, TJ, whom I met in high school and got to know over four years of friendship before we recognized what we had in each other. I once wrote in a high school journal that he was “like, the NICEST person in the entire world!” (He is.) Life since our 2010 wedding has been all about deepening our roots here in Charlotte and waking up to God’s love and grace both individually and as a couple. I’m a dreamer; he’s analytical. I see big pictures and end results; he sees details and road maps. We make a great team!
HOW I COLLIDED WITH WATERSHED:
Many of my first Friday nights in Charlotte were spent with a group of fellow first-year teachers, singing worship songs alongside one guitar and discussing faith over family-style spaghetti and cheap wine. I was searching for a church home when a trusted friend in that group recommended Watershed, lauding this community’s justice initiatives, particularly Catapult. The rest is history!
FAVORITE FACET OF WATERSHED:
This genuine, spiritually diverse community isn’t afraid to respectfully engage in tough conversations about faith, doubt, culture, history, science, and the Bible. You won’t feel pressured at Watershed to conform or subscribe, but you will be encouraged to unpack your personal perspectives and beliefs and explore why you hold them and where they came from. I’ve never felt more welcomed to wrestle openly with my faith than I do at Watershed, and I’ve also never felt more spiritually alive.
Stamps in my passport. Meals with friends. Snuggles from our dog. Runs through Freedom Park. College football Saturdays. Reading. Writing. Celebration of every kind!
CURRENT LIFE LEARNING:
I’m learning to deeply trust and align my life with the mystery that new life always, always, always follows any kind of death. 1 John 4:16-18