Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
For three years I served as the sole clergy person in a Continuing Care Retirement Community housing 500 residents. I also provided spiritual support to the diverse cultural and religious employees at Westminster at Lake Ridge in Northern Virginia. Leading two Sunday services, preaching weekly, teaching adult education, providing pastoral care, hospital visits, supporting families of residents and serving on the Senior Leadership Team comprised my weekly work.
My work at Tampa General began with a full-time Clinical Pastoral Education Residency Program. When I completed my final unit, I was hired as a staff chaplain serving in trauma, surgical-oncology, neo-natal and palliative care. I completed training to become a Palliative Care Resource Professional. Tampa General is one of three level one trauma centers in all of Florida and its chaplains serve around the clock, 365 days a year providing an empathic and supportive presence to patients, their families and staff in an urban and multi-faith community.
In addition to ministry in the hospital, I served as a Parish Associate at First Presbyterian in Dunedin, Florida working with the Mission and Christian Education Teams. I taught Confirmation, Adult Education and preached several times a year when called on by the Head of Staff.
Prior to moving to Florida, I lived in the Chicago area all my life. I was born in the city and raised both in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. I have 2 younger siblings, and a mother who still reside in Illinois. I attended Northern Illinois University (NIU), studying special education and history. I graduated with a major in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education and a minor in history. Six years later, I received a Masters Degree in Education from the same institution. While at NIU, I met my husband, Jim; we married shortly after graduation. I began a teaching career and Jim worked in public accounting. Our son, James, was born in 1991. Discerning a call to ministry, I received a scholarship to McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago where I received my M. Div. and am currently enrolled as a D. Min. student studying Pastoral and Spiritual Care.
I have served two congregations in the Chicago Presbytery as Associate Pastor. The first, Church of the Cross, is a mid-sized suburban church. I was blessed to be a part of that community for 7 years as a student intern, non-ordained youth pastor and associate pastor. Much of my work at Church of the Cross focused on Christian Education, Worship and Mission. When the pastor of 17 years retired, I worked with the interim to transition the congregation to a new pastor. At the end of that process, I took a call from the 900 member Presbyterian Church of Barrington where I supervised the full-time Christian Educator. In addition to Christian Education and Worship, I worked alongside the Deacons and Stephen Ministers in providing pastoral care. While in the Chicago Presbytery I served on the Committee on Ministry for 6 years, the Nominating Committee, Presbyterian Women (Mission Coordinator), Confirmation Retreat Speaker and ordination exam grader.