Preacher. Writer. leader. Activist. jesus follower. Chalan. educator. peacemaker. Community builder.
I was born to kind and loving parents in Lancaster City, Pennsylvania. The eldest of three brothers, it was through my family that I first learned the meaning of God’s unconditional love. But it was in the church that I grew to love Jesus.
In 2012 I graduated from high school and moved to Philadelphia where I studied philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. For four years I also also worked for World Cafe, a nationally syndicated NPR show, highlighting upcoming and independent musicians.
I began to feel a calling from God and from my community to enter ministry. In Fall of 2016 I responded to that call by enrolling in a Master of Divinity program at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. It was there that I began to combine my passion for ministry and community building with God’s vision for a more just, peaceful, and loving world.
As a Mennonite and a queer person, I’m passionate about sticking up for people who have been hurt or excluded by the church. I dream of a day when everyone – regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, age, or class – is celebrated as a child of God. Until that day, I will work to build the kind of church that embodies the peace of Christ and the justice of God.
I will graduate from Union Theological Seminary in May of 2019.