The Five Question Interview: Rev. Amy Meyer

The Rev. Amy Meyer has been with 1st Presbyterian Church in Elgin since 2010. Pastor Amy holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and is an ordained minister in Mission Presbytery and has used her training in both church settings and as a chaplain for Hospice Austin. Before her seminary training, Pastor Amy held positions as a youth director for the Presbyterian Church of Lake Travis and as a graphic designer for a division of Trader Publishing.

She lives in Elgin with her husband, Chris and their two children.

1. Why did you move to Elgin? 

I moved to Elgin from Austin after I was selected to be the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. I stay here because I fell in love with the church and the Elgin community!

2. What compels you to spend time creating?

One of the things I love most about being a pastor is having the space to create. Whether it’s a worship service, a special class, or even a short devotional, I have the opportunity to share my creations with the people I love on a weekly basis. I usually find that the most meaningful creations contain an infusion of the holy while still being grounded in the world. I have also discovered that ‘creating’ is ‘meaning-making,’ and it allows me to explore ancient wisdom as I grapple with difficult questions.

3. Tell me three things you’ve learned in the past five years.

1) If you have a voice at the table, use it to call institutions and individuals to the common good. Always remember to be the moral voice for the powerless.

2) Gratitude and forgiveness have a unique way of opening up a path for hope.

3) When the animal shelter tells you she’s a black lab, she’s probably a pit bull. But you will love her anyway. 

4. What are you currently making, reading, watching, or listening to?

I’m reading “Texas Tough: The Rise of America’s Prison Empire.” It’s both disturbing and informative. I’d recommend it, though I’d also warn any interested readers that it’s not for the faint of heart. 

5. Cake or Pie?

Either one as long as it’s vegan. In fact, if you’re interested in some great theological conversation along with some homemade Chocolate Tofu Pie, I’m your gal! 


You can listen to her podcast Passing the Peace here or wherever you listen to your podcasts. And of course you can find her at 1st Presbyterian Elgin

Pastor Amy will be at the Holiday Luna Market with Beer & Hymns where they will be accepting donations for Advocacy Outreach.

Cherisa Cromer: The Five Question Interview 

Cherisa Cromer is an abstract artist on a journey to create art that sparks JOY! She lives with her family in Austin.

1. Why did you move to Central Texas? 

My move to Central Texas was mostly just because we love Austin! We love the weirdness, the music and arts scene, all of it. As soon as I landed a choir director position at Elgin High School, we made the move!

I live in Community First! Village in Austin, Texas which is a 51-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness. This transformative residential program exists to love and serve our neighbors who have been living on the streets, while also empowering the surrounding community into a lifestyle of service with the homeless. Below is a little video about the village, that does a much better job of explaining what is going on here than I ever could. You can also go to MLF.org for more information!

2. What compels you to spend time creating?

Creating is the thing that has always given me energy, joy, and freedom. I found renewed time for it (in the form of painting) during quarantine last year, and have not been able to stop the creative juices from flowing!

3. Tell me three things you’ve learned in the past five years.

This is such a hard question! I have learned a lot about myself & those I love through the study of something called the enneagram. 

I have learned that the busy-ness that we celebrate in our culture is not necessarily the best way to live, and am on a journey to finding a much simpler, slower pace of life for my family and I.

I have learned that there is nothing real but this moment, right where you are. And 99% of the time, the moment you’re in is pretty good. I’m trying to live that way. 

4. What are you currently making, reading, watching, or listening to?

I’m currently watching a lot of Olympics! (this interview occurred earlier this summer) My daughter does volleyball & track, so we’re super into the beach/indoor volleyball and all of the track & field events. I also have been obsessed with painting with alcohol inks and/or high flow acrylics, which is something I can’t get enough of experimenting & playing with!

5. Cake or Pie?

Cake, definitely.

@cherisacromerart


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Martina (Sunnie) Gonzales: The FIVE QUESTION INTERVIEW

Sunnie is the proud owner of Twelve Star Massage and active member of the Chamber of Commerce.  She opened her own practice in the fall of 2017 in her hometown of Elgin, Texas. Healing is one of her passions and she loves to learn different modalities and to educate herself in holistic healing.  She dreams to travel to different countries like Thailand and Peru to learn new massage techniques and energy work.  In her spare time she likes to do yoga, hula hoop, snorkel, and explore the different state parks here in Texas and hike.

1. Why did you choose to live in Elgin?  

I think it would be easier to say I’m just from here! I chose Elgin because I already had a clientele built from working at Heavenly Hair from 2010-2013.

2. What compelled you to create a business in Elgin? 

I had been a licensed massage therapist since 2009. In 2017 I decided I wanted to have my own massage company, with Austin being saturated with massage it was an easy choice when picking a location for 12 Star Massage. 

3. Tell me three things you’ve learned in the past five years.

  1. Everything really does happen for a reason.
  2. If they wanted to, they would.
  3. Be humble and grateful and believe in the process.

4. What are you currently making, reading, watching, or listening to?

I have a few embroidery projects on working on. Also I’m reading a book about scared smoke and smudging to prepare for my vision quest in April. 

5. Cake or Pie?

I love pie! Key lime is my favorite! Pecan, pumpkin and blueberry are a close second. 

www.12starmassage.com


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