I live on Oahu, Hawaii with my husband Steve and our three kids.
I have 12 years of experience as a campus minister with a faith-based non-profit. In this role, I served college students, coached and developed leaders, and planted campus ministries.
My passion for helping others encounter God eventually took me down a new path of getting trained as a spiritual director. I attended the School of Spiritual Direction with Dr. Larry Crabb's NewWay Ministries.
Currently, Steve and I serve on the leadership team of Bluewater Mission Church in Honolulu, Oahu, and we co-lead a Bluewater faith community on the West Side of Oahu called Bluewater West Side, a movement of missional communities and church expressions.
Other things that I love: reading with my kids, baking granola and bread, creating space for people to feel loved, drinking Old Vine Zinfandel, and using the Bullet Journal to get all the life stuff done.
I believe in the power of storytelling. You can find my writing in these places:
- Spiritual Journey blog - spiritual formation resources
- The Larissa Monologues - my rarely-updated personal blog (mostly about family, life, and food)
- The Huffington Post
- 100 Days of Memoirs - in 2015 I wrote a short memoir for 100 consecutive days
- The Junia Project - a guest post titled "My Journey as a Female Preacher"