After being urged by my congregation to pursue theological education, I arrived in the Central community as a Master of Divinity student. At the time I was a former secondary educator, a busy mom, a clergy spouse, and a youth ministry director at my church. I thought seminary would equip me with knowledge, content, and skills with which to minister, and it certainly did. But, the greatest discoveries were the ways I learned about myself, grew into my vocation, and lived into the truest expression of my own personhood. Another beautiful gift in the seminary experience came in the form of deep, lasting relationships with ministry peers. The journey was one of surprise, wonder, and joy woven through the hard work and study.
In fact, I enjoyed these pursuits so much that I went on to be a two-time graduate of Central (MDiv 2014, DMin 2018). Not only that, but I was delighted to join the staff when the opportunity was offered. Since 2014 I have served in some development capacity. Early on my work was directing grant-funded programs, and that grew into writing grant proposals. After completing some training in religious fundraising and writing my dissertation on the topic of clergy formation for financial leadership, I grew increasingly interested in the idea of fund development as a ministry. I am delighted now to engage the critical work of securing resources to ensure Central's vitality into the future so that others might experience the transformative gifts of theological education as I did.
In fundraising, we are declaring, “We have a vision that is amazing and exciting. We are inviting you to invest yourself through the resources that God has given you—your energy, your prayers, and your money—in this work to which God has called us.” Henri Nouwen (A Spirituality of Fundraising)