I began as lead pastor at Vineland United Mennonite Church on October 1, 2014. The move to Vineland brought me back to my Canadian roots having lived in the United States for 28 years. After graduating from university, I went first to Mashulaville, Mississippi where I was immersed in African American culture in voluntary service; then to Elkhart, Indiana for seminary studies. I served as associate pastor at Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston, Kansas for 8 years and associate pastor at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, Ohio for 12 years. Each context has shaped my calling to serve God and the church in my leadership role with the gifts I have been given.
I enjoy the variety that pastoral ministry offers – from planning worship and preparing sermons to walking with people in the joys and challenges of life. God’s Spirit moves and speaks in surprising ways in ordinary, everyday experience – it is a joy to look and listen for the delightful ways God’s story and our stories are woven together.
As a person who lives alone, I enjoy hosting people around my dining room table for meals. I look for the humour in life; I like to sing, watch movies, and invest time in the lives of my extended family now that I live in Ontario.