From April 2012 to July 2014 I lived and worked in a region of North Sumatra, Indonesia through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the companion church, the Huria Kristen Batak Protestan (HKBP)–Batak Protestant Church, a denomination with more than 4 million members. I taught English and English Theology at the Deaconess Theological School of the HKBP, as well as various subjects in English for the Faculty of English Teacher Training at HKBP Nommensen University.
In June 2016 I began my service with the Peace Corps as an English teacher in China. After 10 intense weeks of training in Chengdu, I was sworn in as a Peace Corps Volunteer and taught English to freshmen and sophomore college English majors in the Sichuan province until July 2018.
Prior to entering the Peace Corps, I worked as a Housing Specialist for Catholic Community Services of Western Washington, connecting people experiencing homelessness in King County to housing resources.