Hi! My name is Shannon, and I’m an ordained United Methodist Deacon. I love to laugh and sing; I enjoy creative problem solving and thinking outside the box. I love meeting new people, and I am using this blog to share about my various experiences serving as a Deacon.
I have an awesome partner, Dr. Jonathan, who is a brilliant Christian Educator/Scholar/Theologian. We have three precious furbabies; two beautiful BeagaPoos (beagle/poodle mixes), Jupiter and Biscuit, and rescue terrier mix, Rosie. Biscuit recently adopted a kitten that showed up at our doorstep – we named her Catalyst.
I grew up thinking of the Church as a second home. My first job (at age 17) was as a pianist for an early service at a small UMC congregation, where I also helped start a youth praise band and learned how to play guitar. I am currently serving as the Minister of Discipleship at a church in the foothills of North Carolina. In the UMC, Deacons are a clergy order set apart for specialized ministry in the church and community. My call is largely centered on facilitating a safe space for all to gather and experience God’s love, to explore our faith together, and to co-create the kingdom of God here on earth where the Gospel of Love prevails and all have a place at the table of God’s grace.
My former, more scattered/random blog posts can be found at breathesinglove.wordpress.com.