About

J&j smallI am an Episcopal priest, married to my best friend, Jonathan Thomas, who is also a priest. We serve as Co-Rectors at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Peoria, Illinois.  I served as the associate rector at Trinity Church – Princeton from July 2011 until June 2014.

I played softball and received my Bachelor of Arts in History at Mississippi College in 2005, completed my Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary in May 2010, and received a Diploma in Anglican Studies from Virginia Theological Seminary . Following college, I served with AmeriCorps leading teen volunteers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana the year following Katrina. That experience instilled great hope in me as I witnessed the bonds created when diverse young people joined with common goals. As field education for seminary, I served one year as the youth worker with the Church of Scotland in Lausanne, Switzerland, helped with outreach and worship at Trinity Church – Princeton, and completed Clinical Pastoral Education at Bellevue Hospital. After I returned from Switzerland, I developed a passion for interfaith dialogue and relationships. I interned for Religions for Peace USA, the Interfaith Center of New York, and University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Worldviews Seminar, assisted with Auburn Seminary’s research on multifaith education in theological schools, and participated in Auburn’s course, Religious Leadership in a Multifaith World and the Parliament of World Religions in Melbourne, Australia. I am a relatively new Episcopalian with an ecumenical upbringing. In the Episcopal Church, I found a home where people with their personal beliefs join in commitment to pray together and be in communion with God. I believe that through rooting ourselves in our own tradition and faith we are best able to enter meaningful relationships with people of faith radically different from our own, and I hope my work in the church encourages such creative peace in our world.