|Autobiography:||"Pastor" is a new title for me... and a new career... my third. No, the first two were not failures! I felt led to new challenges, which is typical of how I approach life and faith. I started as an architect, doing mostly corporate interior architecture in the Twin Cities, and worked for 13 years in the field, including becoming "registered" which is an arduous testing process. |
After architecture, I moved to a companion field for 17 years: marketing contract office furniture for Steelcase, in a 5 state territory with my brother as territory partner. I was not a direct sales person, but a liaison between manufacturer, client, designers, dealers, facilities managers, etc etc-- I have come to find out it was one of the best training for pastoring one could have! My job included negotiations, conflict management, customer service, marketing, presentations-- all skills which have been an integral part of parish ministry.
I loved both of my former careers, but I love ministry most of all. The ability to serve God within a community of faith is a gift. I use all that I've learned from past experiences to bring my best to this congregation, including a deep love of the arts and the creative process. I'm a "maker": I sew, embroider, do leather work, needlepoint, quilt, ….. and we are concentrating on the creative side as we "reimagine" Bethany's future.