I arrived in Raleigh just in time to become a grandmother. Marika, my eldest daughter has lived and worked here for a decade. Maevis is now two. My youngest daughter, Janna, is in her second year of residency at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Both are redheads. (I too belong to the ginger tribe!)
For over 30 years, my ministry took place in the San Francisco Bay area. I was a pastor at an inner-city church in Oakland, a large suburban church and a neighborhood church in San Jose. Between these pastorates, I served as the Director of Communications for San Francisco Theological Seminary, as a staff consultant for a Human Resource firm and as the Director of the Interfaith Council on Economic Justice in Silicon Valley where I worked on behalf of low-wage workers and undocumented immigrants.
In 2011, I left California to become a pastor in the French Reformed Church, first in the historically Protestant region of the Cevennes mountains, and then in Reims where my parish included “champagne Protestants” as well as African immigrants. I returned to the US and served a congregation in Elkhart, Indiana.
I look forward to my time with Western Blvd. as your interim pastor.