Ann lives in Accokeek, MD after having lived in 19 other locations, spanning 8 states and Germany. After Ann graduated from college with a BS in Agriculture from West Virginia University, she found a real sense of place at her grandparents’ rural home in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky. There, her kinship with their land developed and the surrounding creatures, mountains, meadows and rivers awakened, not only a reverence for, but also a deep need for an ongoing relationship with Creation. Living out that relationship has taken Ann on a journey of learning about and working in the natural world for most of her adult life. She served three years as a gardening resource person in Botswana with Mennonite Central Committee; has cared for horses and livestock on various farms; grown vegetables, flowers and native plants for sale and in educational settings, and introduced school students to the wonders of the habitats and creatures of the Potomac River region.
Though firmly rooted in the earth, Ann also has a heart for vulnerable people and was a La Leche League leader and home birth instructor for 12 years while her children were growing, later serving as a nursing assistant in nursing care facilities, and as a gardener for elderly clients. Now, later in life, she has been drawn into the ministry of spiritual direction, assisting others in their search for and intimacy with God.
Ann came to faith through Young Life in high school and was nurtured by Inter Varsity in college. Her Anabaptist heritage and Anglican practice have developed a desire to live as Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount and an appreciation for the liturgy. Her study of earlier Church mothers and fathers has invited her into a deeper, contemplative relationship with the Triune God. Her spiritual direction training and certification was through Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development.