My name is Laura Nile and I’m from the forests and mountains of the Pacific Northwest. I was born in Northern California, raised in Oregon, and spent most of my adult life in Washington state. I studied Christian Scriptures and Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. In Seattle, I worked at Bethany Presbyterian Church as the Middle School Coordinator, and later Interim Youth Director, for three years.
Raised in an evangelical church, I first felt called to international missions when I was in high school and have been on the winding journey of following God's call ever since. I first pursued medical missions, then global development, and finally after several years of working in a Presbyterian church, began to discern a call to pastoral ministry. It turns out I was the only one who was surprised when I realized that God was calling me to go to Seminary.
I am a Senior at Columbia Theological Seminary, outside Atlanta, Georgia where I am studying to obtain my Master of Divinity degree. I am in the ordination process in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and I have been Certified Ready to Recieve a Calll by the Seattle Presbytery. I am in the process of looking for my first call, which I hope to start after I graduate in May 2019. Last year I served as Pastoral Intern at Pulse Church in Atlanta, an African-American New Church Development in the heart of the city. Over the summer, I completed Unit 1 of Clinical Pastoral Education at University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont. I spent the last semester studying abroad at the Protestant Faculty at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.
I am passionate about social justice work and political advocacy as an expression of my Christian faith. I am committed to environmental, racial, and economic justice and believe in public ministry as my way of living out my calling to display God's love, mercy, and justice in a world desperately in need of it. I do my best to practice intersectional feminism and am always working toward a more inclusive understanding and practice of life.
I have years-long practice of weekly sabbath, which is essential to my faith and practice of self-care. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, cooking, hiking, talking about the Enneagram, swimming, re-watching The West Wing and Parks and Recreation, and exploring with friends.