The Faith Gardener

My Experience as a Teacher, Trainer and Faith Curriculum Writer


My Education & Background


I am an Associate in Ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (AiM). What that means is that rather than being ordained to Word and Sacrament, I am commissioned to Word and Service. My degrees of Elementary Education, Early Childhood, Theology and Pastoral Ministry all meld together like the diversity of flowers in the garden, to produce fertile soil.


My Teaching Experience

Unlike Mary Tyler Moore, when I finished college as a young woman of 21, I did not end up in Minneapolis! Rather, I accepted a teaching assignment in rural South Dakota. I learned so much in the Black Hills about being part of truly holy land and doing the sacred work of teaching. Whether directing a private preschool in Oklahoma or teaching through Luther Seminary, I consider my time with students learning to be a gift from God. My teaching style includes stories, good questions and lots of laughter.


My Work As A Writer

In 2005, I took a big jump off a dock into uncertainty as I decided to chase down a lifetime dream of writing. I can honestly say, I had no idea what I was doing. What I did know was the life of religious educators and the life of families with young children. My mentors are many. They molded my writing and took a chance on me. Most projects were successful. Some were not. I learned unbelievable lessons about communicating with words.


My passion for lifelong learning keeps me constantly looking for new ways to help others stretch and grow in their faith. I am an avid gardener and see a parallel between the sacred cycle of the seed and the cycle of faith formation. Knowing that metaphor through story has long been a method of teaching faith, I continue to look for ways to parallel plant growth and faith growth.


My husband and I live on 30 acres in Minnesota where we partner with God to restore native prairie. My fingernails are full of dirt, my face is often streaked with dirt and sweat and I love every moment of it! The garden keeps growing and so am I.


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My Complete Resumé

My Education  
  • BA Westmar College, Le Mars, IA, Elementary Education, minor in music
  • SW Oklahoma University, Weatherford, OK, 26 graduate hours in Early Childhood
  • MA Theology, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN
  • Pastoral Theology Certificate, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN

  • Certifications

  • Parish Education Associate, ALC
  • Leading Leader, Active Parenting
  • Trainer, Safeguarding God's Children
  • Associate in Ministry, ELCA


  • Writing and Publishing, Anoka Ramsey Technical College, Coon Rapids, MN
  • Creating your own website, Century College, White Bear Lake, MN

    Ministry Positions

  • Director of Sr. High, First Presbyterian, Rapid City, SD
  • Camp Director, Presbyterian Camp Rimrock, Rapid City, SD
  • Youth Director, Congregational Church, Hutchinson, MN
  • Director of Parish Education, Faith Lutheran Church, Hutchinson, MN
  • Owner/Director Little Lambs Preschool, Weatherford Oklahoma
  • Children's Ministry Coordinator Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran, Shoreview, MN
  • Children's Ministry Coordinator Prince of Peace Lutheran, Roseville, MN
  • Adjunct work at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN

    Writing Experiences

  • Author of Premier Issue of Spark Family
  • ELCA background writer for Living the Good News by Church Publishing
  • Tapestry, Creating Home and Beloved Community, K/1, Unitarian Universalist Association
  • Akaloo and Spark, Augsburg Fortress
  • Children's Sermon Seeds
  • Children's Ministry Magazine
  • Spark Bible NRSV
  • Come Join the Circle, Logos Productions, Inc.
  • Crossings for Kids, Logos Prod. Inc.