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 ordained ministry. This led me to officially join the PC(USA) and it turned out that I was the only one who was surprised when I realized that God was calling me to go to Seminary.
I am a graduating senior at Columbia Theological Seminary, outside Atlanta, Georgia. I am graduating with a Master of Divinity degree, which prepared me to be ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA). While in Seminary, I served at an African-American New Church Development in the heart of the Atlanta, worked as a summer chaplain intern at University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont, and spent the last semester of my senior year 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. I love to travel and hope to visit all the US states and continents someday (just 6 and 2 to go, respectively). In my free time, I enjoy cooking, hiking, talking about the Enneagram, swimming, kayaking, re-watching The West Wing and Parks and Recreation, and exploring with friends.