I have the great privilege of working as Executive Director of the Haywood Street Congregation, a role I began in 2013. I was involved at Haywood Street Congregation for several years before that, first as a Clothing Closet volunteer and later as co-chair of the Board. My background is in social work and public health, and I have worked in a variety of nonprofit settings. In 2008 I began discerning a call to ministry that resulted in my being commissioned as a deaconess in the United Methodist Church. A deaconess makes a lifetime commitment to ministries of justice, service and love and enters into a relationship with the UMC that involves accountability and support. A deaconess remains a lay person (versus clergy) and typically works in a setting where professional skills and training can be utilized, often in cutting-edge ministries at the intersection of church and world. I love the way that Haywood Street allows me to live into that identity!