Before crossing the bridge into this world, I pastored in the local church for nearly 20 years. I was on staff at Newsong Church (Orange County, CA) where I had 6 different pastoral roles in 10 years - from youth ministry to executive pastor. Prior to Newsong, I was involved in Willow Creek Community Church’s youth ministry for 7 years.

I know this: We were created for more life. 

As a Leadership and Wellness Coach, I work with influencers who are on a journey to care for their body, mind, and spirit so they can contribute fully to the world.

  • Over the past 4 years, I've helped develop coaching cohorts all over the country, coached over 200 leaders, and have co-trained over 30 certified coaches. 
  • In 2014 I became a certified coach through the Center for Advanced Coaching and love training coaches in partnership with them.
  • My first book, Redefining the Role of the Youth Worker: A Manifesto of Integration is a compelling vision for the church’s role with teenagers.
  • I've participated in Fuller Youth Institute’s Advisory Council since their formation (2007) and have been heavily involved in the Sticky Faith movement on every level. Currently, I'm an FYI Certified Coach and Trainer, which basically means I'm all about helping churches lead through the change process so teenagers love Jesus for a lifetime.
  • I'm a contributing author and voice to Stuff You Can Use, specifically as an author with the Grow Curriculum. It's phenomenal content for youth ministries and super user friendly. I highly recommend.
Married since August 2001.

Married since August 2001.


On a personal note, I'm a total girly girl, read more than I can put into practice, and work some nights from my bed while Netflix is playing in the background.

I'm an Enneagram 8 (7 wing). I've never met a challenge I didn't love, which ironically can be challenging.

I've fallen in love with running and yoga. My heart has been created for Southern California and Africa. Brian and I are building a  doTERRA essential oils business because we are convinced the plants God gave us are meant for our benefit in our bodies, mind, and spirit. 


I'm still entirely crazy about my high school sweetheart, Brian. We've been together over half our lives and he’s still my favorite person...no question! There's no one in the world who supports, cheerleads, challenges, and loves me like this man.  And he makes me laugh every day. There's so many things I wish I could tweet about the brilliant and hilarious things he says, but he'd probably kill me.

WINTER 2017.

WINTER 2017.

After a deep calling into international adoption and a subsequent excruciating infertility journey, we FINALLY became parents. In January 2011 we became a "forever family"  when we brought home the most beautiful Ethiopians, Judah and Addise. In a total miracle, 15 months later we welcomed bio son, Asher, into the world. Yes, you read that right. We went from zero to 3 kids in 15 months. Being a mom to these 3 little people has changed me at my core. Motherhood is simultaneously the best and hardest thing I get to do.

We live in Southern California. It's our happy place.



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