I am Nazarene pastor, preacher, and writer. I’m a 4th generation Nazarene so it’s pretty much in my blood. For as long as I can remember, I have been immersed in the Nazarene tradition. Not gonna lie, there have been times when I have strained against the boundaries of the denomination, raised an angry fist at the brokenness and glacial pace of change, but always always, it has had my heart. And I have always known, even in my arrogant undergrad youthfulness, that my role would be to love the church from the inside out, to bring about change and growth and healing from within, not as a critique from outside the family.
So here I am, co-pastoring an extraordinary bunch of Jesus followers at Mountain Home Church of the Nazarene in Mountain Home, ID. 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.
In addition to pastoring my people, I write on occasion, sometimes curriculum and sometimes articles about issues close to my heart, mostly stuff pertaining to the church and shepherding. I am also passionate about a biblically-literate laity and love teaching in addition to preaching, particularly from Paul’s letters.
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.