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Area of Expertise: Spiritual Formation and Leadership

Summary

Passionate Jesus-Follower combining nine years in ministry and eleven years in the teaching field demonstrating a core of commitment to serve God and the community. Prioritizing personal transformation, self-management and relationships while creating lasting organizational change. Since we can not lead others to places we have not been, deep spiritual work is an ongoing priority. Leadership focus includes overarching philosophy of servant leadership with an emphasis on both adaptive leadership. Emphasis is placed on team model of cooperation and mutual responsibilityProven experience as a pastor, teacher and spiritual coach fostering a culture of trust and vulnerability that encourages risk-taking, creativity and innovation. Tackles challenges head-on with deep prayer, critical thinking, the input of others, and decisive action. 

Core Competencies

  • Preaching/Teaching
  • Change-Agent
  • Spiritual Integration
  • Relationship Building
  • Journey Group Leading
  • Pastoral Counseling/Coaching
  • Empathy/Valuing Minority Voices
  • Creativity/Adaptability
  • Gaining Perspective
  • Communication: personal and public
  • Approachable/Observant
  • Strategic Planning
  • Cultivation of Culture
  • Program Development
  • Technologically Savvy

Education

Professional Experience

2017Present

Founder and Executive Director

PERA Ministries

Founded non-profit designed to serve Christian women in leadership, those serving as the spouse of a pastor and/or those serving as clergy or in volunteer ministry. Expertise in leading journey groups for leaders which focus on connection, support and growth. Additional expertise in adaptive change and bringing health to congregational systems.

  • Recruited Board of Directors and acquired funding through previous relationship building
  • Generated all consulting and instructional materials desiring to meet the felt needs of the community
  • Respond faithfully to serve all those the Lord brings with love, acceptance, and dignity
20092016

Pastor, Head of Staff, Pre-School Director

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ

St. James, Philadelphia, PA and Redeemer, Charlotte, NC

  • Created, launched and led new worship initiatives for multi-ethnic church, respecting the traditional theology while innovating for the future
  • Fruitfully led the congregation adaptively through such changes, by God's grace and the Holy Spirit's leading
  • Designed and implemented a program and policy overhaul for the preschool while leading the Board and effectively communicating improvements and requirements to both staff and parents 
  • Fostered relationships with both community and church leaders to share information and create partnerships of service
  • Trained and led journey group of Deacons employing spiritual disciplines
  • Administrative oversight of a combined employed and volunteer staff of over 20
  • Optimized and managed resource allocations for both church and preschool budgets to streamline function and support priorities
  • Strategically planned and led both the church and preschool from deficit spending to continuous operational surplus, increasing both membership and client base, as God granted his blessings
  • Reorganized all leadership levels to team-based operation, including shifting culture and training participants
  • Successfully resolved conflict between employees and clients, church members and leadership
20082009

Youth Program Director

Bowling Green Presbyterian Church
  • Recruited and trained volunteers to accommodate the growing program
  • Devised new program standards, rubrics and secured curriculum to deepen the spiritual and educational benefits of participants
  • Chartered a new inter-generational family night program and administered implementation to broaden community investment  and strengthen unity
19962007

Earlier Teaching Experience: Instructor of English, Reading, Theatre Arts

Various Schools both Public and Private
  • Committee Chair: Reading Department; English Curriculum Rubric Committee; Creative Writing and Speech Curriculum Adoption Committee; Grammar Book Adoption Committee, yielding the know-how of leading peers
  • Team Leader: Crisis Response Evacuation, as a testament to calm and critical thinking in a crisis and dependability
  • Conducted several Faculty In-Service Training Sessions aimed at Teaching Strategies requiring effort above and beyond my duties and demonstrating my passion for others to grow and for the service to others to be excellent

Mission, Core Values and principles

  • Christ stands up for me and with me, so that with the purpose of love I can stand as a leading change-agent with believers hungry for spiritual change. 
  • Integrity, Authenticity, Health, Creativity, Candidness, Wisdom, Justice, Perseverance, Resilience 
  • Jeremiah 17:7, "My blessing is on those who trust in me, who put their confidence in me."
  • James 3:17, "But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy."
  • Dr. James Fowler, "There is a limit to how much one can talk about faith and development in faith without acknowledging that the question of whether there will be faith on earth is finally God’s business."
  • Malcolm Gladwell, "Choking is about thinking too much. Panic is about thinking too little."
  • Nobody bats 1.000. Take risks. Learn from mistakes. Be humble, modify and adjust. Build a team; trust the team.