I’m a wife to a pastor, mother of 4, and have a PhD in literature.

I ground good storytelling in the best story I know, the gospel of Jesus.

I speak on the soul of the suburbs, emotion, writing + literature, and spiritual practices.



“Last year, people were talking through the speakers. When you spoke, you could hear a pin drop.”

— Helen,  Orange County, CA


“Ashley is a knowledgeable and clear communicator. She asks engaging questions, going at a pace that gives space for the audience to reflect and respond, and by giving examples the audience can relate to. With a PhD in English, her background in ministry, and as a mother and pastor’s wife, Ashley has wisdom many women can benefit from.” 

— Grace, San Diego, CA


“Ashley was an engaging speaker that brought scripture and funny, true-to-life stories to share a message that spoke to the heart. Her encouragement to seek God where we are – minivans, soccer practices, diapers and all — was an encouragement not just for moms or suburbanites, but for every Christian.” 

— Katie, Orange, CA



I’m available to speak at colleges, churches, retreats, and conferences.

When I speak to your group, you can expect depth without dryness, good questions, and something to take home to ponder. I’d love to bring my knowledge, heart, and humor to your group.


I’m happy to work with your group’s needs, tone, and purpose.

Here are a sampling of popular topics:


*Finding Holy in the Suburbs (for general audience)
I’d love to speak on any topics surrounding my book, Finding Holy in the Suburbs, such as: place and desire, consumerism, busyness, affluence, hospitality, vulnerability, and generosity. Depending on your group, these can be more academic or more pastoral and can be a one-time session, multi-session, or retreat.

*You Don’t Have to Change the World (a talk for college students)
How do we learn to live ordinary lives well no matter our jobs or calling? This 20-30 minute talk is perfect for college groups and incorporates themes from my book.

*Busy or Beloved? (a talk for moms)
In a world of busyness, how to do we follow what is essential rather than urgent? This 30-minute talk is best suited for MOPs or women’s church groups.

*The Power of Story and How to Tell Yours (a talk for writers)
Why do we learn so powerfully through story? This makes a great writing talk or workshop on how to write with both heart and mind. Great for small groups, one-on-one coaching, or conference talk.



Upcoming Events:

Sept 13 — Biola University, Torrey Honors Lecture, La Mirada, CA

Sept 25 — Local MOPs talk

Oct 23 — Book Launch Party (details forthcoming)

Nov 7-9 — RightNow Media Conference, Dallas, TX

Dec 1 — Mission Hills Church, San Marcos — Annual Women’s Event


Use the form below to inquire about booking me to speak!

Want to know more?
Watch a short sample of a talk on hospitality in the suburbs (for a Christian women’s group):


Interested in having Ashley speak to your group? 

Email (using the form below) to see Ashley’s speaking availability.



Once we receive your Speaker Request Form, we’ll be in touch to see if we’re a good fit for one another! After that, we’ll set up a Booking Agreement. Some FAQs can be found here.