Westaby Maggie for WebWhat was an important Jesus moment in your life?

I was early for a meeting with my pastoral supervisor, so I decided to call my 8-year-old niece, who lives in another state. We had a wonderful talk and when it was time for me to go, she asked who I was seeing and then asked, “Will you tell her about me?” Those words are with me still. They are a reminder of not only her story—but also the story of Jesus—and of countless others, that some stories are not being shared. I was reminded of the importance of stories, and of God’s love for every individual.

What is the best vacation place you’ve ever been to?

The Boundary Waters. I love being outside, and this is one of the most beautiful places I have been.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

To harness water from the air, and for it to be safe for people to drink.

What's one of the dumbest things you've ever done?

In high school, I left my car parked on the road with the keys in it and the windows rolled down (at my parent’s house). Thankfully, my parents figured this out before anyone else.

Why do you believe in God?

As long as I can remember, I have always felt a connection to God. I see God at work in nature, and I feel God working in and through creation. I believe because it is a part of me, a yearning in my spirit to unite with the Holy Spirit.

Why is the church community important to you?

I believe that God created us to be in relationship, and that the church community is created through those relationships. The church community offers a place of welcome, and a place where people can find comfort, hope, and love.