Pastor Lisa was born in Tampa, Florida, one of a long line of native Floridians and teachers. She met her beloved Ed on a trip to NYC and they were married ten months later. They are blessed with two grown daughters, two sons-in-love, two dogs, and a brilliant grandchild.
Lisa didn’t grow up attending church and first found God through music. She thought she would be a high school choral director. God had other plans. Lisa received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of South Florida and served as a church music director for six years. Around year 4 of the 6, Lisa heard God calling her to become a pastor. The family refers to this event at the LCD- the life-changing decision. A few months later, Lisa, Ed and their two small daughters left Florida for North Carolina.
In 2000, Lisa received a Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School and was later ordained a United Methodist minister in 2003 in the Florida Conference. She’s served congregations in Largo, St. Petersburg, DeBary, Sarasota, and excited to serve alongside the faith-full folks of CCUMC.
In addition to serving as a pastor, Lisa enjoys teaching, photography, theatre, travel, and writing. She is indebted to the many wonderful mentors and teachers in her life, including her mother who first gave her a love for words and adventure.