DeAnza Spaulding

Pastor for Congregational Care and Table Turning

Dr. DeAnza Spaulding is V&M's Pastor for Congregational Care and Table Turning, on the core leadership team (Board of Gardeners). Asked to share a little about herself, her reasons for participating in V&M, and her vision for the V&M's future, she writes...

"Hello, I'm DeAnza. I'm a mama of two babes & two cats. We live in Columbia city where we enjoy riding our bikes, eating ice cream, breakdancing and befriending our neighbor pups. I'm an advocate, researcher, friend, therapist, girlfriend and daydreamer. 

We've been coming to V&M since January 2015 and found that the community has been a sanctuary in our curiosity, hope, weariness, skepticism and everything in between. After serving in a pastoral capacity, I was looking for a place to call home and just as I was ready to call it... we found Valley & Mountain and we have been coming out ever since. 

I believe that V&M is a place that fully embraces all people, seeks justice and fights for justice for the oppressed and values diversity. V&M is a place of peace, welcome, grace, advocacy, hope and genuine care for our community and the environment."