- Berkeley, CA
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary; Teaching Parish: Lutheran Ministry to Nursing Homes (East Bay Lutheran Parish)
What brings you joy in your ministry?
I love the new ideas and changes I am seeing in ministry, especially as faith communities learn to think in creative, unique, and challenging ways. I find I have a lot of joy when faith is being put into action, whether it be in worship, in service to neighbor, challenging the status quo -- the list goes on!
Who inspires you in ministry or seminary?
The list is longer but a few include the teachers from my school in Ukraine, my grandparents and parents, Dave Jarvis (Director at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp), CLU campus pastors Scott and Melissa Maxwell-Doherty, Hillary Clinton, and the incredible people I have met throughout my time in seminary.
What are your interests outside of ministry?
I am passionate about interfaith dialogue, advocacy, and being church in the world! When I'm not studying or working at my teaching parish (Lutheran Ministry to Nursing Homes), I enjoy staying involved with the PLTS community, hiking, watching the Denver Broncos, and swimming.
Best meal you've ever eaten?
My parents are both great cooks, so any meal together with family is the best. Also, I will always remember the food from Ukraine very fondly - comforting, delicious, and made with so much love!
I am currently a seminarian at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California. Originally from Grand Junction, Colorado, I graduated from California Lutheran University in 2010 with a degree in Advertising/Public Relations and Sociology. Shortly after graduating from Cal Lutheran, I served with Peace Corps Ukraine, in the small village of Kolky from 2010-2013. I taught K-12 English as well as courses in leadership, country studies, and also helped to organize and run teacher and youth camps.
Did you always want to be clergy?
I always wanted to be a Peace Corps Volunteer (childhood dream) and never really thought much beyond that! It was at Cal Lutheran and Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp where mentors recognized gifts and planted the seed. It was those experiences, plus my time in Ukraine, that led me to ministry.