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My background is in engineering, though I am also working on my MA in theology. (Not geology, sorry. Though that would be pretty cool too, if only being a professional student were a career option.) You might be wondering how I mesh engineering and theology; don’t worry, everyone asks. I like to joke that it’s great for writing science fiction, or that if something isn’t going well at my engineering job, I know lots of different ways to pray for a solution.

But realistically, what I love most is to create community and a sense of place. My dad was in the military when I was a kid, and I didn’t go to any school for more than two years until I got to university. I didn’t realize until I was an adult how much community, a sense of place, and a sense of belonging are important, and how much that had been missing throughout my life. So my work is geared toward making people feel at home, cared for, so that just like a garden, we all have the opportunity to flourish. As Howard Thurman said, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

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