Roxie….just Roxie, not Roxanne….My parents are from California and it is a “west coast” name that I have been explaining to others my whole entire life!!!
Director of Children and Family Ministries at North Avenue Presbyterian Church
Where are you originally from?
Born in the Bay Area of California, moved to Pittsburg, Minnesota, Houston, Atlanta, Houston and now back in Atlanta.
How did you stay warm up there in Minnesota?
As a child (when it was 20 degrees below zero) it was a full body snowsuit with a scarf, hat, 2 pairs of gloves, 2 pairs of socks and boots (all you could see were my eyes that had frosted over eyelashes). Also lots of hot chocolate. As an adult it was all about the layers that included huge coats and boots. I also drank lots of coffee….Honestly, I mostly hibernated from December to March. Minnesota is a great place to visit….in the summer.
How did you find your way to NAPC? What surprised you when you came on staff?
I heard Scott Weimer speak at a conference I was attending and decided to visit NAPC. I attended some of the Mission conference events and a few of the Evening Services…I was always drawn in by the diversity of the congregation (ethnic, socioeconomic, and age). I was also drawn to the way this church takes a stand for justice, hope and mercy in dark places. When I came on staff I was surprised by some of the history of the church (did you know that our nursery was open to care for babies so that people could attend MLK’s funeral)? I was also surprised by how kind and open the congregation was…also how loving (and goofy) the staff is!
What is currently playing on your ipod/computer?
I listen to all types of music….my current “workout mix” has R&B, Hip Hop, Country and top 40 on it…..I go from Jay-Z to Ariana Grande to Prince to good ol’ Alabama…I have no shame!
Do you have a talent that people would be surprised about?
When I am tired, I can fall asleep anywhere in under 3 minutes…it is a talent I obtained in my High School history class, developed in my College religion class, and perfected at session meetings….just kidding!!! I have been known to take a quick nap under my desk…but I haven’t done that since I have been working at NAPC…Jeff plays his music too loud!
What is your favorite Atlanta workout spot?
Right now it is the LA Fitness at Ansley Mall…never a dull moment and the air conditioner is always broken….I have a rule that my gym should never be more than 5 minutes away from where I live…I also have met some great people who make me laugh!
What are you looking forward to this fall?
I love everything about fall….fall weather, fall fashion, fall coffee drinks….I think the thing I am looking most forward to is that I am going to spend some time each week reading with a 3rd grade girl at Centennial Place Elementary School in Atlanta. I use to be an elementary teacher in the inner city and a huge piece of my heart has to do with children, literacy and learning to love learning!
If you could travel anywhere in the world, all-expenses paid, where would it be?
Italy? New Zealand? Italy? New Zealand? It is a tossup between those two places….Although, I am not a fan of flying so part of the deal would have to be to knock me out for the flight there and back!
What’s the best part of being a part of NAPC?
The children….I have just fallen in love with them all! They amaze me with their hearts, laughter, tears, depth, desire to know Jesus and to serve others out of love. Of course this is all wrapped up in their silly jokes, constant running in any hallway they see, sneaking donuts that chef puts out on Sunday morning and inability to sit still for more than 5 minutes…but all that makes me just love them more (mostly)!!!
How can young adults be involved in the Children’s and Family ministry?
There are so many ways that young adults are ALREADY involved in the ministry….if you are interested in teaching, being a buddy to a child with special needs, helping out with special events, holding babies (there were 8 of them in our infant room on Sunday) we would love to have you be a part of what God is doing in the lives of our children….just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can figure it out!