Meet Ashley

Hi, I’m Ashley. I’m a writer, speaker, mother to 4, and pastor’s wife in California. I’m so glad you’ve come for a piece of quiet.

I’ve been reading, writing, and dreaming about words and the worlds they create since I tried to write some very mediocre fiction as a teen.

Since then, I’ve tried my hand at poetry, wrote countless academic papers, and now am working on a book provisionally titled, Finding Holy in the Suburbs (InterVarsity Press, 2018).

I used to study things like Enlightenment philosophy and travel literature (resulting in a Ph.D. that took a decade; that’s what happens when you have 4 kids and 6 moves), and now I think all the things on long walks holding little hands in mine.

I write for places like Books & Culture, ThinkChristian, The Englewood Review of Books, The Gospel Coalition, (in)courage, and lots of places online. I’m a contributor at The Mudroom and The Well and a member of Redbud Writers Guild. You can read some of my blog posts and essays here.

It’s one of my very favorite things to get down to brass tacks and talk about Jesus, our places, and living life well. Oh, and writing. I’d love to help serve your group by being the speaker at your next event. (Find out more here).

You’ll always find me writing about belonging and place. We’re all longing for home. We’re longing for glory. And me? I write to find my way home. Let’s make our home through stories.

I love making friends on Facebook and Twitter, and you can follow #thesesuburbanwalks on Instagram. We belong to Resurrection OC and we’d love for you to join us if you’re local.

Welcome, pull up a chair and a warm beverage.

Stay awhile.


My kids are into dabbing. We don’t even know what we’re doing. But hey, it makes a fun shot for a Christmas card.


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