- Professional

Psychology instructor at Klamath Community College, Oregon

MA in Human Services, Liberty University (specialty: Marriage and Family)

BS in Psychology, Liberty University

Author: The Gift of Social Anxiety: Finding Rest in God's Grace (winner of the 2016 Oregon Christian Writer's Cascade Award)

- Personal

Have you ever felt guilty about loving solitude? Perhaps you are shy, introverted, or socially anxious. Well, me too. And I've found there is a lot of pressure, especially as a Christian, to fit into an extroverted mold.  Yet, the message of Jesus was something along these lines: come just as you are.  So simple, and completely stripped of religion. Just grace.

I happen to love a good renovation project. But not if that project is ME. I believe loving and learning and growing is all deeply tied to God's grace and love, as opposed to exhausting self effort. Which means we are free to be who we really are, and let Jesus be the perfect one.  

Here are a few extra details about me:

• I've been married to my college sweetheart for over 25 years

• I have two adult children that I like very, very much

• I have a large, extended family including parents, grandparents, in-laws, and lots of cousins

• I live on a wheat and potato seed farm in a rural community

• I love solitude, the ocean, witty jokes, art and craft projects, local history, shy people, abandoned houses, and rain

• I am super excited to be loved by God completely apart from my own performance - in Jesus