ASHLEY SULLIVAN
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 elementary school for four life-changing years. Then, following a particularly impactful trip to Guatemala, I transitioned to working in international ministry for a season. Watershed has been a constant across my nine years in Charlotte, so it’s an honor to give back to this community now by serving on staff. I'm a Type One on the Enneagram and an INFJ on the Myers-Briggs. 

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 realized 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 actually is.) Life since our 2010 wedding has been all about deepening our roots here in Charlotte and waking up to the reality of God’s love and grace both individually and as a couple. Since 2014 we’ve been on a beautiful, heart-wrenching journey to grow our little family. If you ever want to talk about infertility or adoption, coffee (or something stronger!) is on me. 

HOW I COLLIDED WITH WATERSHED:

Many of my early Friday nights in Charlotte were spent with a group of fellow first-year teachers, singing worship songs alongside one guitar and discussing life and 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 focus on justice, particularly the work we do in schools. The rest is history!

FAVORITE FACET OF WATERSHED: 

This genuine, spiritually diverse community isn’t afraid to respectfully engage in open-ended 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.

MORE, PLEASE:

Reading. Writing. Stamps in my passport. Cooking at home. Meals out with friends. Snuggles from our dog. Runs through Freedom Park. Yoga. College football Saturdays. Celebration of every kind!

CURRENT LIFE PONDERING:

+ Death, even the most painful kind, always seems to yield new life... even if it's not the kind of new life we were expecting or even necessarily hoping for. (John 16:33, Psalm 103:12)
+ I'm curious about religion/spirituality that focuses on nudging us towards a holy remembrance of who we already are and what we already possess. If our souls are created by and entwined with God... and if nothing can alter or destroy that... then I think it's fair to presume that wisdom and truth can always be found WITHIN. (John 10:30, John 14:12, John 17:23)
+ What I perceive externally seems to directly reflect what I believe/experience internally. When I choose fear and judgement, I tend to perceive scarcity and lack. When I choose love and oneness, I tend to perceive peace and possibility. (Romans 12:2)

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