My name is Amy Ray Balmer. I am (you guessed it) a pastor, wife and mom, among other things. One role is not more important than the other and none are mutually exclusive. I am currently serving on the pastoral staff at Vineyard Community Church of Shoreline in Washington State and am a chaplain for the Everett Fire Department. Prior to that, I helped plant a Vineyard church in Everett, WA., in 2006 and served as the associate pastor until its close in 2012 (more on that later).
The tagline of my blog came as a result of a conversation I had with a pastor’s wife some time ago. We had just finished up a retreat for the Northwest Vineyard Region’s pastors. I was one of two female pastor’s in attendance and was uncertain how I would be received by the other pastors and their wives. It turned out to be a wonderful experience and I was especially blessed by this particular woman’s kindness and encouragement. As we were leaving, she hugged me and said, “Amy, bless you in your pastoring, your wifing, your momming and all the many other hats you wear.” Simple words, but they were graciously beautiful to me.
I am certain this blog will evolve over time, but for now I plan to write honestly and plainly about the ways faith & doubt, love & fear, hope & despair interact with the various roles I operate in daily. My hope is that my writing will bring some encouragement, perhaps spark some thoughtful discussion and above all, give you permission to question without guilt over not knowing the answers already.