Hello! I’m Amy and this is my little corner of the world wide web! Thanks for visiting. I hope you will stop by often. Please leave me a note to let me know you were here!
So about me… I’m in my late 40’s, I’m married to Matt, a super-energetic and creative lawyer, and we have five loud but beautiful children. We live in the suburbs just north of New York City but spend as much time as we can “out west” where we grew up. I went to seminary in my early 20’s and have been in ministry of one form or another ever sense. I’ve been a chaplain, a children’s minister and a pastor. I plan retreats, lead Bible studies and preach whenever someone is willing to hand me a microphone. I have also trained to be a childbirth doula and a life coach, practices which involve very similar skills in very different settings. Oh, and I have doctorate — a Doctor of Ministry degree from New York Theological Seminary that I just finished in the spring of 2018. So you can call me Dr. Amy if you really want to. I’m totally fine with that!
My favorite topic to think/write/preach about are the stories of Jesus. Jesus was remarkable in the way he treated people. He surrounded himself with those the society deemed to be of little value — the poor, the sick, “sinners” like tax collectors and prostitutes. What is more, Jesus was absolutely revolutionary in the way he treated women. In a culture that saw them as property, he saw them as people. In a world where women weren’t even trusted to testify in court, Jesus treated them as smart and creative and powerful. He talked to them, ate with them, worked with them. He knew them as people and called them to think deeply, to believe passionately and to act accordingly.
I love to imagine how faith in this Jesus can shape our modern lives. What in the world do these ancient stories have to do with us, with our iPhones and air travel? But I believe they are actually intensely relevant to our lives, if we read them carefully and ask the right questions. So that’s what I try to do. I also write about parenting and ministry and church — the things that have filled my days for the past two+ decades.
I’m a better thinker because of my husband, siblings, parents and friends. I write 100% out of the communities where God has placed me — my neighborhood, my school, and the churches that have been my spiritual homes. I will always love the Culver Palms Church of Christ — they raised me and love me still. And the Manhattan Church of Christ is where I have worshiped and ministered since the beginning of the millennium. They are a group of beautiful people who have taught me so much.
So read on my friend! I’m honored by your presence. May the words of my keyboard and the meditations of all of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, Oh Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer.