I grew up in a church: attending youth group, participating in mission trips, singing in the choir, playing the piano and trumpet for services, leading the praise service team, and numerous other activities to eventually serving on Pastor/Parish Relations (the Methodist version of Vestry). In the early 2000s as I began to accept the realization that I was gay, I found myself confused by church teachings and was certain I would pay for my “sin.” At the same time, I was asked to leave the church by some of the very people I looked up to because they believed God’s love (and therefore their love) was conditional. Fast forward through a long journey of learning who God really is… My husband and I were introduced to Christ Church Cathedral through friends. From the moment I walked in, it looked like a church, but something felt different. Love and acceptance were and continue to be present every time we step foot into the building. Reyn and I are proud to say we have a church home.
I am passionate about Inclusion and diversity and have dedicated a nearly 20-year Human Resources career to advocating for others. And now, working as an executive for FirstPerson, a firm that consults with companies on how to “create exceptional employee experiences,” I have the opportunity to actively shape cultures of inclusion across the state.
I’ve had the opportunity to serve CCC as a member of the finance committee, volunteer for the strawberry festival, participate in various initiatives supporting the homeless community, and serve on the Southeast Mexico mission team. I recently returned from the mission trip to visit our sister congregation at La Transfiguracion in Neuvo Progresso. The theme for the week was “unidos somos mas Fuertes” (together we are stronger) and I believe that in all aspects of my life.
We are at an important time of transformation at CCC. As I’ve been praying for the church and how I can best serve, I would be humbled to use my gifts as a member of the Vestry.
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