From Toronto, Amanda headed south of the border after high school to complete a BA in English and Asian Studies at Calvin College in Michigan. After doing an MA in English Literature at Queen’s University, she moved to the city of Sendai in northern Japan to teach ESL for two years.
Growing up in the Christian Reformed Church (CRC), Amanda first attended an Anglican service in England during a semester abroad; she became more familiar with Anglican liturgy after returning from Japan in 2012 and finding a home at Wine Before Breakfast, a creative Eucharist service that is rooted in both the University of Toronto CRC Campus Ministry and the Anglican tradition of Wycliffe College. There, in addition to being a parishioner, she was for three years the Emerging Leader Intern, managing the weekly hospitality, curating services, baking communion bread, and serving as sacristan. Her faith has shaped her strongly to believe that creating places of home, community, and story is central to the Kingdom of God, and she is happy and grateful to be able to contribute to the community of Church of the Transfiguration through her ministry of parish administration.
Amanda enjoys writing litanies, writing stories, drinking tea by herself, drinking tea with friends, baking bread, keeping her cat out of mischief, reading the poetry of Tennyson and Keats, and encountering well-placed semicolons.