I am excited to have joined the Grace staff in July of 2013 after seventeen years in college related ministries, most recently as chaplain of Centenary College of Louisiana since 2002. My ministry through the years in both the Memphis and Louisiana conferences has included youth, children, family and college ministries as well as eight years directing the Christian Leadership Center at Centenary, two years as Centenary’s Vice-President of Student Development and a year as the Director of Church Relations.
I am a native of Tennessee, daughter of a United Methodist pastor, graduate of Centenary College, and a member of the first four-year graduating class of the Centenary School of Church Careers which later became the Christian Leadership Center
Passion: Through it all, my passion has always been around meeting people where they are, walking with them through this crazy journey we call life, helping them discover their connection to God and to each other, as well as how God is calling them to live their unique gifts.
Education: I have a B.A. in Christian Education from Centenary and a Masters of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL.
A certified Spiritual director in the Louisiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, I have a passion for spiritual formation and discipleship. In the past year, my passion has also turned to coaching as I complete certification by the International Coaching Federation as a life and leadership coach.
Family: Almost 35 years ago I married Shreveport native Clay Eaves who can still thrill my heart with his music, his humor and his “can do attitude.”. We have two grown daughters, Emily and Ashley, and love of our lives – grandson August Clay, who is the son of Emily and her husband Jason.
A long time ago I coined a phrase that identified coincidences in my life as “either odd or God or so odd that they must be God”. God works in amazing ways to grow and guide us if we will just open ourselves to that. My life seems to have been a series of coincidences and paradoxes. I guess one of the odd/God things about me is that I can be like the energizer bunny going ninety miles per hour getting things done, but I am also deeply energized by quiet mornings at Lake Bistineau, morning coffee on the patio, and long hikes in the woods. I also love leading a group, helping groups and individuals learn about themselves and each other.
And heaven on earth for me – spending time with my family hiking or singing or cooking or laughing or hugging…..and the best days are when we manage to get all of that into one day.