Growing up in Mississippi and Alabama after her family settled down from the military life, Laurie was active in another denomination until she went to college at the University of Southern Mississippi, when she began to explore a broader faith and spirituality. While she attended law school at the University of Alabama, Laurie let the Episcopal church find her. Then she kept listening to God (and ignoring God for a while) while she practiced law for three years with the Alabama Department of Human Resources and with Legal Services until finally she listened to God and her bishop long enough to find herself in New York at The General Theological Seminary, where she received her Masters of Divinity in 2002.
After her ordinaDiocese of the Central Gulf Coast in 2002, Laurie served for five years as curate at Trinity in Mobile, Alabama, where she worked with community outreach, youth and young adults programs, and interfaith and ecumenical relationships. In 2007 she became Associate Rector at St. James in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she continued her work with youth and young adults and served as the Director of the Center for Spiritual Formation.
During her childhood, Laurie spent many lazy summer afternoons on her grandmother's front porch listening to stories. The words we weave into our narratives over meals, wine, coffee, while waiting in lines, or sitting on a front porch are our witness to the world of our loves, joys, sorrows, and wisdom. Laurie loves to hear stories, and she looks forward to hearing the stories of St. Michael's and sharing hers. She loves good food and bad reality shows. She is a multi-published essayist who enjoys music, singing, football (Roll Tide!), hiking and running, travel, and exploring. Shoes are a favorite topic, because the journey is more enjoyable in fabulous shoes of ones' own choosing. Her mixed-breed Sophie is establishing her position as church pup.
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