about

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I was born and raised in Southern Mississippi, and being a Black woman from the deep south informs my sense of self and the world.

Though I am an ordained Methodist pastor, I am more poly-religious when it comes to my desire to understand God’s depth and breadth. My husband and I got married in July 2020 because we needed love to win and to lavish in joy when the summer was so cruel to our communities – Black and LGBTQIA+. I’m a dog Mama who enjoys long walks, testing new recipes, and taking midday naps. I also love music and the arts, singing, listening to podcasts, and spending quality time with framily. Most importantly, freedom is not optional, rest is my strength, and joy is my resistance.

What I Do

I am the Associate Dean of Religious Life and the Chapel at Princeton University. I also am the founder of Soul Joy Yoga LLC, an in-person and online gathering that centers womxn and folx of color, inviting them to bring their full divine selves to the mat and tap into radical joy.

What I’ve Done

I’m a graduate of Howard University and received my Master of Divinity with a concentration in Gender, Theology, and Ministry from Duke University Divinity School. I have a Doctorate of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in Leadership Excellence which explored how best to equip young clergywomen of color to thrive in ministry. As an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, I served as a local pastor in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for nine years. 

Media

Articles, Video & Podcasts

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Podcast: Subway Liturgy

Ep 9: Stepping Up

Podcast: Anacostia Yogi

Triumph Over Tragedy

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