Currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree with a focus in Justice & Peacemaking at McAfee School of Theology while she continues to work in ministry.
Completed a Master of Arts degree at the University of Virginia in Theology, Ethics, & Culture in May 2015, with a thesis focused on the contributions of feminist thought to the ethical issue of undocumented immigration.
Completed a Master of Divinity degree at McAfee School of Theology (Mercer University) in Atlanta, Georgia in December 2010, with a concentration in Academic Research. My M.Div. thesis explores how Baptists can best think about, teach about, and react publicly to the polarizing issue of undocumented immigration – using scriptural exegesis, church history, and legal research.
Completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish at Shorter College in Rome, Georgia. Graduated summa cum laude, with minors in Religion and English. Studied abroad in Seville, Spain with The Center for Cross-Cultural Study in January-Spring 2006. As a member of the Academy of Aristaeus honors program, I presented a senior thesis entitled, “Spanglish: Una Mezcla Positiva for the 21st Century?”
In the field of immigration law, I spent a decade as an Immigration Paralegal at a prestigious law firm, working directly for former Chief Counsel and Acting Director of USCIS (a shareholder at the firm). My work in immigration law makes me uniquely qualified to discuss matters of legal importance, especially in this field. My research and legal writing skills, along with years of professional administrative experience set me apart from other ministerial candidates with similar educational backgrounds.
My professional, on-staff church ministerial work includes a pastoral internship completed between January-September 2015, and my ongoing position as Interim Minister of Christian Education & Spiritual Formation since September 2015. I have held these positions at River Road Church, Baptist in Richmond, Virginia, where I am provided hands-on ministry experience under the guidance and teaching of Dr. Daniel Glaze, DMin, Pastor; Dr. Daniel Bagby, PhD, Minister of Pastoral Care; and Dr. Michael Clingenpeel, PhD, Pastor Emeritus.
See Ministry Resume for details on Congregational Ministry: Ministerial Resume
See full C.V. for further information on Scholarly Qualifications: Full Academic C.V.