I am passionate about small groups. They are the place I have grown most spiritually as I have studied scripture and shared my life with others. I want everyone to experience the joy that is described in the Bible that comes from doing life together with other believers. As a pastor here at Centerpoint, small groups are my primary focus. I also oversee our care ministries, our support groups, and a number of our other ministries. I love coming alongside people through all the stages of life and faith, encouraging and equipping them to follow God no matter what they’re facing.
I grew up in a Christian family in Simi Valley, California and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior while in junior high school. Through majoring in chemistry at UCSD and CSUN, I developed a deep appreciation of our God who created everything. After college, I taught chemistry and physics in public high schools; ministered on college campuses in Southern California through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship; and later cared for my children (Meg and Peter) as a stay-at-home mom when they were young. During those years at home, I also cared for my dad who had Alzheimer’s; and attended Fuller Seminary. My kids grew up at Centerpoint and I became a pastor here at my home church. Meg and Peter are now in their twenties, and I find great delight is spending time with them and with Peter’s wife, Teresa.
Here are some of my favorite things:
- Reading mystery novels while sitting in my garden. Favorite authors include Louise Penny, P.D. James and Dorothy Sayers.
- Art museums, especially those that focus on Impressionists through midcentury artists.
- Traveling outside the U.S. and exploring new cuisines.
- Lunches and coffees with friends.
- Snorkeling, gardening, hiking, kayaking, cooking, manatees, classic rock, vintage linens, family heirlooms, Gilmore Girl Netflix marathons, and chocolate of all sorts (especially See’s lemon truffles).