I am a survivor of domestic violence (my previous marriage) and an adult child of a generational alcoholic family.

During seminary, I sensed a nudge to tell my story – with the hope that someone out there going through tough times might know they are not alone.

My purpose is not to denigrate anyone who may have caused me trauma (including myself), but to draw attention to the hope and healing that I have found as I have leaned into recovery – taking a journey filled with switchbacks (ugh) and sunrises (ahh).

My prayer for us all is that from our wounds we may find peace.


Cristine is an ordained minister, serving in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as a pastor. She earned a Master of Divinity (high honors) degree from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa OK in Dec 2018. Prior to seminary, Cristine worked as a high school math teacher for nine years, leaning on her previous career of fifteen years as a software engineer. Her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) still comes in handy when her church copier decides to flake out.