Pastor. Preacher. Writer.
I co-pastor an extraordinary bunch of Jesus followers at Mountain Home Church of the Nazarene in Idaho with my husband, Tommy. When we accepted this assignment, my first prayer was that I would love my parish, head-over-heels fall in love with them, and God has answered that prayer. My church is my beloved, a gift of God for which I never cease to be grateful. (Check out my love letter to them here.)
I am also a writer. I started out writing curriculum years ago, but after a dramatic treatment for depression/anxiety (read about how fun that is here), words started coming. Within a year, I had been published on numerous platforms and been extended a book deal from Herald Press.
So here I am, about to finish my first book called, “Signs of Life: Resurrection Hope from Ordinary Losses.” The “big idea” of this book is that the God of the Resurrection is at work breathing newness and healing into what I describe as the “ordinary deaths” of life, the death of expectations, plans, image, and invincibility. I wrestle, not with the dramatic deaths of human experience like divorce or the cancer diagnosis, but with the small wounds so common to human experience, and ask the often unspoken question of Jesus followers: Does the God of the resurrection have anything to say to my hurt? Is there hope of healing and restoration now?
When we look at the grand story of God’s saving action, we discover that the resurrection was not a one-time event, but rather the ultimate display of God’s eternal character as persistently faithful to Creation, as the God who breathes life into what seems beyond redemption. Click here to read more and pre-order a copy!
But I’m not just a preacher/teacher/writer. I am also a wife and a mama. When I was 12, I dated this cute, crazy shy boy in an oversized Nebraska jersey. He never talked so I dumped him. Nine years later, that boy and I said “I do” and we’ve been journeying together as partners in ministry and life every since. Josephine (JoJo) Bradley joined the family in 2012, followed by her brother Jack Thomas in 2016. They are pretty much the coolest kids ever.