River City Community Church, Chicago, IL
A former pastor, Vicki says she’s experienced some of her biggest joys and challenges as a parent. “Most days, I don’t feel cut out to be a stay-at-home mom, a job that is harder than I imagined on so many levels,” she says. “But I have to say that while other people are having their lunch break at a downtown eatery, chatting at the water cooler, or creating spreadsheets (all things I very much enjoy), I chuckle at the privilege I have to spend all day with something so wonderful. My soul and emotions soar and plummet daily—but I also get to experience awe.”
She is also a freelance proofreader and editor and a spiritual direction certificate student in the Christos Center for Spiritual Direction program.
She discovered the Covenant when she moved to Chicago and immediately found a home at Parkwood Community Church. “I knew I wanted to serve in a denomination that was both theologically orthodox—while willing to focus on the ‘main things’—but also culturally and socially progressive.” She adds that the Covenant “has been a great place to serve, where people engage social justice, but won’t compromise on the gospel. My relationships with Covenanters have blessed me with their richness of souls.”
Books on your nightstand/e-reader: The Critical Journey, Janet Hagberg and Robert Guelich; The Happiest Toddler on the Block, Harvey Karp; Candlelight: Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction, Susan Phillips; Toddler 411, Denise Fields and Ari Brown; Baby 411, Denise Fields and Ari Brown
Favorite way to waste time: Sharing a long and hearty meal and conversation with friends
Favorite TV shows: Mad Men and Top Chef
Choose a superpower—fly or be invisible: To fly, of course. I already have a semi-invisibility power in that I can magically extract very personal information from people without trying very hard. But flying—that would save me a lot of time and money.