In 2018, when I interviewed for the position of Family Minister, the first question I was asked was, “Do you know what you’re getting into if you move to Deerfield, IL from Arizona?" I reassured everyone that I went to high school and college in Wisconsin and could deal with the winters once I bought some new clothes. Then, when I saw the Prayground (soft space for children to be children during services) in the church, and the beautiful Upper Room for the youth, I was sold! I could see that St. Gregory’s truly valued families!
I see God in the faces of children and am so blessed to be involved with them as they grow in their faith and mature. Teenagers are some of the most interesting “Children of God” because they grow more at that age than any other in life: physically, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually. It is such a gift to be able to witness that growth and support them as they ask questions such as, “who am I to God?” or “why am I here?”
I have been involved in Christian Formation in various roles from Sunday School Teacher, Camp Counselor, Nursery Coordinator, Youth Group Leader, Social Service Director, Sunday School Administrator, Chalice Players Administrator to Family Minister over the course of 20 years. I have served churches and schools in Washington DC, Denver and Golden CO, and Scottsdale AZ.
I have a certificate in Children and Family Ministries from the Diocese of Arizona and a Certificate in Leadership in Lifelong Christian Formation from Forma and Virginia Theological Seminary. I also have a BA in English from Ripon College (3 credits short of a religion minor) and an AAS in Massage Therapy.
I have two adult daughters who bring me joy and help me laugh at myself! I have a granddog, Athena, who works with me in my office and three kitties: Max, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley. As you can tell, I’m a bit of a Harry Potter fanatic. I can’t wait for it to be safe to swim again. I enjoy walking, yoga and movies.
OCT 22 from 5-7:30pm: A concert and a Movie - bring your camp chairs to start with a free concert: “An Evening with Keanon” Luxuriate in an hour of soul, pop, and gospel music sung by the honey voice of consummate entertainer Keanon Kyles, accompanied by the extraordinary Michael Potsic on keys! Then move your chairs over to the parking lot and stay for the traditional movie, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown at 6:00pm.
OCT 29 from 5-6pm: “Halloween Spooktacular” - Join us for an evening of thrills and chills as the StGs professional vocal quartet performs an hour of every kind of spooky music imaginable! Features hits from Nightmare Before Christmas and Sweeney Todd, as well as spine-tingling classical and gospel selections.
OCT 29 from 6:30-9pm AND OCT 30 from 1-3:30pm. Bring a can of food or a financial donation for the food pantry as your admission and continue your scarefest in Scout Troop 50s Annual Haunted House in the StGs Basement.
In this time of social distancing, we can, and will practice connectivity in new and powerful ways, for we know we ARE connected as one in the Lord.
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Welcome to St. Gregory's – virtually! We know that the church is not the building in which we worship – but the people who worship and share God’s love with the world. In this time of social distancing, we will practice connectivity in new and powerful ways, for we know we all are connected as one in the Lord. Life is very different than we knew it to be, and yet our anchor in God’s love remains the same. All shall be well!
We are people from all walks of life and all parts of Chicagoland. Most people who worship here didn’t grow up Episcopalian, but seek to radiate God’s grace by gathering community and sharing joy and hope in the world. Join us however works for you: participate in Zoom worship, follow our livestream, help us give to the community, read with our kids, or even be a pen pal to get to know someone new.
Everyone is experiencing the Pandemic in different ways. Many people are experiencing deeper loss than they ever have before, and we are here to support them during this time. If you are experiencing loss and grief, we are here to pray with you, talk with you, and help financially.
The Body of Christ exists to care for each other. Sometimes we can be generous, and sometimes we receive generosity. Both are equal acts of faith and grace, and one cannot exist without the other.