Professional Journey

I began my career in business, convinced that I would change the world through international travel and wild financial success. While I found my way into that realm quickly, it would appear the Divine had other plans. Follow my professional journey through International Sales, Nonprofit Directorship, all the way to Founding an alternative spiritual community and Reforming another.

~Professional Experience~

Pastor, January 2022-Present
First Presbyterian Church, Daytona Beach, FL
In addition to continuing the experimental work of Missing Peace, developing and activating a plan of reinvigoration for this 100 year old church. Creating community outreach opportunities, LGBTQ connections as Co-Creator of Daytona Pride, neighborhood outreach through First Fridays at First, a fresh expression of worship through open mic liturgy called Vuja Dei, and social justice efforts with F.A.I.T.H to make the church look and act like Jesus instead of just talk about him.

Contract Cohort Program Developer, November 2020-June 2021
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), Louisville, KY
Contracted to develop a comprehensive cohort program for pastors in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. to be used nationally and build connection throughout our national organization. Cohort program included curriculum development, how to build groupness, partnerships with other departments and partners of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.

Founder, August 2015-Present
Missing Peace, Ormond Beach, FL
Developed, organized, and funded a creative, nomadic worshiping community connecting with the divine and each other through physical activities, spiritual practices, cerebral engagements, and serving opportunities. Planned and developed gatherings inclusive of place and agenda, then recruited and trained a leadership team to aid in execution of events growing the community from 16 to over 400 (attended at least once), plus an online community of nearly 2000.

1001 New Worshiping Communities Apprentice, August 2014-May 2016
PCUSA, Ormond Beach, FL
Performed guided research on planting a new worshiping community in Ormond Beach. Through coaching, expert lectures, and selected reading sources, discerned the fitness, character of, and participants in said community. Planned and executed the launch of Missing Peace.

Interim Children’s Ministry Director, August 2014-May 2015
Port Orange Presbyterian Church, Port Orange, FL
Creation of manuals and procedures for the Children’s Ministry program, as well as creating, communicating and executing programming for the year.  Worked with session to streamline Children’s Ministry programming, and director’s use of time. Created new programs and documentation processes for ease of transition to permanent director.

Learning Specialist, August 2013-May 2014
Daytona State College Writing Center, Daytona Beach, FL
Aided students of all ages in improving writing skills through editing for language, content, flow, documentation, etc.

Chaplain Intern, November 2012-August 2013
VITAS Innovative Hospice, Daytona Beach, FL
As part of Clinical Pastoral Education, a 9 month internship including 300 patient contact hours and 100 class room hours.  Responsible for the spiritual care of 7-10 patients including, regular visitation, active listening, sharing scripture, devotions, and words of encouragement.  Required meticulous charting, record keeping and confidentiality.

Director of Youth and Children, August 2009 – October 2012
Christ Presbyterian Church, Ormond Beach, FL
Creation, development, and funding of all programming for youth and children.  Including, reformulating the goals and pillars of the programs, instituting new processes for direction both long and short term, and making the ministries self-sustaining through fundraising taking church cost from over $120k to $40k.  In addition, created and chaired a “task force” responsible for raising over $30k to close a gap in the church’s overall quarterly budget. And created a new website, email contact program, and use of online bill pay to further streamline operations and improve fiscal responsibility.

Regional Director, July 2007 – July 2009
American Heart Association, Ormond Beach, FL
Responsible for raising funds, maintaining community presence, forming relationships with top community and company leaders, and organizing multiple community events.  In two years raised over $650,000 through two major events (Heart Ball and Heart Walk), and several secondary events (CEO Breakfast, Wear Red Day, and National Start! Walking Day).  The Heart Ball caters to the most influential in the community and requires coordination of invites, event site, décor, audio visual, food selections, speaker coordination, scripts, and entertainment for up to 300 guests.  The Heart Walk, attended by over 1500 local residents, includes working with city and county officials, local vendors, entertainment, guest speakers, community volunteers and sponsors to create a memorable experience for attendees while keeping expenses at an absolute minimum.  Total expenses for all events were kept under 10%.

Office Administrator, March 2006 – November 2006
H-E-B Public Affairs Office, Houston, TX
Managed H-E-B’s participation in philanthropic events, such as the American Diabetes walk, recruiting volunteers and allocating product donations.  Made preliminary decisions on appropriate organizations for H-E-B to support financially. Created filing system for all donations submitted 2005-2006 for the H-E-B Community Investment Program.  Maintained data entry system and updated records as needed. Conducted weekly evaluations of all office administrative responsibilities to ensure best possible performance. Coordinated executive meetings managing attendance of top executives to insure success of the meeting.

International Sales Account Manager, January 2004 – December 2004
Account Manager, October 2003 – January 2004
Executive Assistant, August 2003 – October 2003
Capo,Inc./ Style Science, Ormond Beach, FL
As Executive Assistant responsibilities entailed maintaining records for the President of Panama Jack division as well as scheduling/planning meetings and interacting with distributors.  Account Management promotion required full maintenance of all national and international Panama Jack distributor’s accounts and creating programs for their organization. International Sales Account management involved the expansion and creation of an international division as well as its maintenance and customer relations.