Amanda is a church planter, spiritual pioneer, relentless dreamer and Chief Instigator/Founding Pastor at RISE, a young faith community in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Amanda was ordained as an Elder in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2006. Throughout the last two decades, she has led in a variety of church cultures and contexts. Urban and rural, large and small, traditional and non-traditional—all of these settings have enabled her to discern and cultivate the God-given hope and possibility within a variety of people and places.
As a coach, consultant, trainer and speaker, Amanda seeks to equip and empower leaders, pastors, church planters, and spiritual innovators.
A native of Roanoke, Virginia, Amanda is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she received a Bachelor of Science in Education in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She holds a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from James Madison University and a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. She completed the Lewis Fellows post-graduate program through Wesley Theological Seminary in 2008, and she continually explores new perspectives and best practices in church planting, social entrepreneurship and ecclesial innovation.
Amanda currently lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia with her husband, two children and a dog that closely resembles a muppet. When she’s not fully embracing the title of “soccer Mom,” she enjoys running long distances, planting an absurd amount of perennials and exploring the world and its inhabitants, one cup of excellent coffee at a time.