BECKY SANTORO
CHILDREN’S PASTOR/GREENHOUSE PROGRAM DIRECTOR

IN A NUTSHELL:
In some seasons there is time and space for knowledge consumption, deep processing, ah-ha moments and shifts in thinking. Other times it’s more about meetings, deadlines, doctor appointments, laundry piles, drop-offs and pick ups in the carpool lanes, dinners, cleaning up puke, and budgeting. I’m a weird combination of both realities at any given time. I know what you’re thinking, I’m super fancy. Coffee roasted by a hunky bald man is my fuel, snotty-nosed kisses and cuddles from my three daughters is my bread and butter, and justice for our city in terms of healing in foster care, healthy children’s spirituality, and systematic poverty is the heartbeat of what gets me out of bed each day.

I SHARE MY LIFE WITH:
Right now, my coffee roasting husband of 12 years and three beautiful daughters (ages 6, 4, and 2.5). We are a foster family so at any moment this can shift... so to get the current number, count the little humans trailing behind me one Sunday morning.

HOW I COLLIDED WITH WATERSHED:
Tony and I were new to the city and ready to begin our lives as CMS teachers. Because we hadn’t officially started our jobs and we moved across the country, we were seeking date nights that didn’t cost money so Watershed’s Movies in the Park were just our kind of nights! The first Sunday we attended we decided to go to a Bloc that night. That was 11 years ago!

We’ve stayed because we believe in the beautiful redemptive work of coming together to be the church by making room from all and honoring and respecting each others personal and collective stories.

FAVORITE FACET OF WATERSHED: 
The community that has turned into our family. There is a tangible deep love we get to experience by allowing our family to have a wider circle of influence. It makes the hard moments of parenting, real life, and foster care more bearable and it makes the joy of these experiences deeply spiritual because of the people who continue to show us different aspects of God’s image by the way they live and love.

FAVORITE THINGS:
Kid footsteps running on hardwoods, baby laughter, kids playing at recess, locally roasted coffee, quiet mornings, wine with friends, children’s books, routines, FEELINGS, discussions around the things that matter, The Office, experiencing different perspectives and seeing hope/truth in all, any conversation that can change into a FRIENDS quote, and watching people step out of their comfort zone and breathe something new into the world.

PLACES YOU'LL FIND ME IN CHARLOTTE:
Libraries, every park within a 5-mile radius of Uptown, coffee shops, and WESTSIDE as much as possible.

CURRENT LIFE LEARNING:
I am more convinced than ever that walking into brokenness will reveal your own brokenness. Breaking from an unmet need in the context of relationship or justice is worth it, but the continually breaking open isn’t sustainable if I’m not whole. The desired outcome can’t fuel the dream because when it doesn’t work out the way you thought, you’ll never want to dream again. And that, my friends, isn’t what the dream was all about anyways.

PET PEEVE:
“Alexa, Volume 10.”

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