"As the middle child in a blended family, I was born in rural Mississippi and raised in Columbus, OH. I was raised as a Christian and brought up in the Church of the Brethren. My parents always saw that we attended Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. My memory of this is quite clear. We weren’t allowed to play or do anything on Sunday if we didn’t go to church. When I was twelve years old, my mother and three of my siblings joined the Church of the Brethren and were baptized. This is one of the few times I can remember that I was able to get away with saying “no, I didn’t want to get baptized and be a member of this church.” Somehow, I knew this was the right thing for me to do.
At the age of 30, the inspiration came to me to turn to God and let him help me walk the journey through life. I am drawn to the dedication of the religious community, especially the work of the CSJs in the area of justice and peace. I look to learning and growing from the examples shown by other Consociates and members of the CSJs."