Friends, I’m delighted to be spending the summer with you at Kingston! Most recently, I finished a year and a half of chaplain training in Boise, Idaho, before coming to Princeton for my M.Div. Before that, I had several careers – college English professor at Arizona State University, and National Park Service Ranger in Skagway, Alaska. That means I’m an older (much!), third-career student and very eager to share my life and experiences with all of you. I’m also a Mom, with a grown son in Arizona, and a beloved daughter who died of bone cancer when she was 14. I love Alaska, and one of the things I miss the most about my life there is my garden filled with flowers and vegetables. Getting fresh groceries in a tiny town in Alaska is challenging so I would try to grow enough to freeze for the winter. Fresh-frozen kale and collard greens in January were always better than what the barge from Seattle would deliver. My other joy was picking wild Alaska blueberries to freeze. When I heard that KPC has a garden and grows food for the food bank, I knew I had found the right placement for my church internship. And when I received a small jar of blueberry jam at church the Sunday I visited, I knew God had brought me to a place where I would be blessed and could bless.
I look forward to sharing your life with you this summer and growing in my understanding of how to be a minister. Each of you has something to teach me about pastoral care, and I hope you will share your knowledge and wisdom about how to be the church. One of my passionate interests is food ministry. I hope to spend time in the garden with you as we share what the Holy Spirit is doing in our lives and the lives of neighbors and community around Kingston. I look forward to sharing the Word as we sing and praise God together in worship. Thank you for this opportunity to learn and grow into my calling.