Taking the scenic route is a metaphor for my curiosity to see life from other perspectives, but it also describes my peripatetic reality. Presently I find myself in the great Pacific Northwest where I live with my husband Tony, our three children, and our dogs Stella and Gus, but I call home everywhere from New England to the Midwest, Washington, D.C., France, Atlanta, San Francisco Bay Area, Miami, Memphis, and The Kingdom of Bahrain.
My family and I find adventure in traveling to far away places, exploring big cities, tasting new foods, and racing downhill on our bikes. I delight in sunny afternoons and a good book, snowy evenings and a board game, and always taking the scenic route —much to the chagrin of my family.
In the past, I’ve worked in the fields of diplomacy and peacemaking, journalism and freelance writing, taught French, and now work as pastor and chaplain. I hold a BA in International Studies and Foreign Languages from American University School of International Studies in Washington, D.C., and an MDiv from Yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT. I am and ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church USA and am in the thick of uncharted territory exploring ways to redefine how to be the Church in a changing world. My ministry has a strong ecumenical and interfaith bent; the way I see it, we’re all in this together. I hope you’ll come along for the ride with me.
Yours in shalom,
Erin K. Grayson