Bio

Thanks so much for visiting my site!  Here's a little bit about me.

By profession I am a United Methodist Clergywoman, serving as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Bible Society, one of the oldest Bible Societies in the US.  I was hired in April of 2007 to re-invent the historic institution for the 21st century.  How fun is that?  I'm having a ball.

In my years of parish ministry I had three books published:

Blowing the Lid Off the God-Box: Opening Up to a Limitless Faith (Morehouse, 2005)

God's Top 10: Blowing the Lid Off the Commandments (Morehouse, 2006)

God With Skin On: Finding God's Love in Human Relationships (Morehouse, 2009)

As part of my work promoting biblical literacy, understanding and dialogue for MBS, I have also produced a series of three Bible studies called Exploring the Bible: The Dickinson Series.  These have received strong academic endorsements and are being used across the US in churches of all kinds as well as in prisons, homeless shelters, retirement centers, and seminaries.

My educational background began in the womb, but we don't have room for that long of a bio!  I was born and raised in Rhode Island, got a B.A. in German and English (with honors in German) from Bucknell University in 1980 and my M.Div. from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 1994.  I was ordained as an Elder in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1997 and transferred home to New England 1999.

I have served United Methodist churches as a pastor in Cross City, FL; Gainesville, FL; Dover, NH; and Westford, MA.  It all added up to 13 years in the local church before taking the MassBible position.  I'm a member of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church and won the Wilbur C. Ziegler Award for Excellence in Preaching from them in 2000.

I am now living in Sandwich, MA, where I also serve as Elder on the Board of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants.  My father's line hooks up with that of Stephen Hopkins back with my great, great grandfather.

You can read about the above photo with Cardinal Sean O'Malley in this article from the Huffington Post.

I'm available for speaking, preaching and workshops.  Just drop me a line through my contact link.

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