I knocked on my neighbors’ doors… and lived to tell about it!
I help women discover natural ways to get to know their neighbors without being weird. They will learn how to overcome their fears about sharing their faith and find fulfillment in obeying Christ’s #2 command.
My passion is missional living, and I speak on a variety of topics to help women flourish in their own homes. My speaking and teaching are appropriate for multi-denominational, multi-generational audiences. Because of my experience with my neighbors in my own home, I am accustomed to teaching women from Baptist, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Catholic, Vineyard, Nazarene, Church of Christ and Church of God churches as well as non-denominational congregations – but my heart is closest to the wondering or wandering.
Please call me at (740) 654-5423 or email me to talk about your heart for your neighborhood and community! I will work with your goals, theme and budget to provide a moving message for your group… like, they will literally MOVE from the sanctuary onto their streets and into their neighborhoods. It’s a good thing.
Contact Amy about speaking at your event.
I married my elementary school sweetheart in 1990 and we have an adult daughter who lives up to her “lively” name. In 2015, we moved from Ohio to a precious mountain town in the the High Rockies of Colorado. We actually live on a dude and guest ranch – come visit us! We rescued our holy dog, who loves his unsaintly cat brother. We’re Florida’s youngest snowbirds and are blessed to spend winters on the Nature Coast.
Having practiced loving my neighbor, I’m turning my attention to the two other characters in the Greatest Commandments – God, and me. Wrapped around Christ’s command to love our neighbor is the foremost command to love God wholeheartedly, and then there’s that cryptic “as yourself” statement.
Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
The working title of my next book is As Above, So Below: How to Love in the Likeness of God and the objective is to partner with God to bring the kingdom of heaven down to our little blue planet, one neighbor at a time.
History and Experience
When asked to describe my religious background, I once replied: “Pagan!” Because I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Ministry, I know a pagan is defined as someone who does not acknowledge God. But because I lived like a pagan for 20 years, I remember how I hardened my heart like a stone and stopped up my ears so I would not hear the Lord’s voice. He stopped up my ears, too, and during a struggle with hearing loss I finally returned to my sweet Savior.
I led a neighborhood Bible study called The Neighborhood Café in our home and teach other women across the country and around the world how to do the same. My book, How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird, provides even more practical tools, prayerful encouragement and powerful inspiration so you can embrace the people God has carefully placed around your home—the best place for forming new friendships and deepening old ones.
My husband and I helped plant Life Church Ohio, where I also served on staff for over four years. I oversaw communication, website and systems management, social media, small group leadership and development, ministry development, women’s ministry and occasionally cleaning toilets or whatever else needed to be done! My husband and I run a tech company with a great team of people who provide business consulting and online solutions for entreprenurial companies.
As a nine-time graduate and speaker coach at the She Speaks Conference by Proverbs 31 Ministries, I credit these amazing women with equipping and inspiring me. I write for various guest blogs and am published regularly at WomensMinistry.net, a service of Jennifer Rothschild Ministries, about community building, leadership and releasing women into ministry. God has opened doors for me to share this incredible experiment in loving my neighbors at Focus on the Family and FamilyLife Today, and churches, conferences and retreats throughout the US.