I contemplate, write and speak about the eternal implications of our life in God. I am a lover of beauty (especially the beauty of my family and creation). And I am a justice seeker—trying to overcome evil with good. In addition, I seek answers to these types of questions: What does abundant life look like (John 10:10)? If God is good and we are his deeply beloved children and safe in his kingdom, how then should we live? Spiritual formation and justice should never be separated.
I’m married to my best friend, Shawn. He’s a philosophy professor. We’re deliriously happy together. When I married him, I hit the jackpot. Aside from the Lord, our marriage and home is the one safe refuge I have in this life. Together we have three girls, Iliana, Valentina, and Isabella. I speak regularly to congregations, university campuses, and at retreats about the implications of following Jesus.
Some favorite writers: Thomas Merton, Madeleine L’Engle, Eugene Peterson, Kathleen Norris, Carlo Carretto, Charles De Foucauld, Father Greg Boyle, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, Henri Nouwen, Thomas A’Kempis, Mary Karr, Dallas Willard, Richard Foster and many of the Church Fathers and Mothers. A favorite poet is Mary Oliver.
I received my M.Div. from Northeastern Seminary in Rochester, New York. I write for various venues and am a by-lined writer for Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics Blog (now CT Women), Womenleaders.com , and Our Daily Bread. I belong to the Redbud Writers Guild. I am the Director of Discipleship at Maumee United Methodist Church and an adjunct professor at Winebrenner Seminary. I am a Puerto-Rican on the borderlands of evangelicalism which makes for an interesting mix.
I have a book through Brazos Press called: A Beautiful Disaster Finding Hope in the Midst of Brokenness. Hearts & Minds Books awarded it the Best Book on Spiritual Formation by a First-Time Author (2014). You can order it here!
If you are interested, I’d be delighted to come speak to your group. I regularly speak to churches and seminary students. You can contact me via this page or via Twitter.