With two degrees from Georgia Tech, Dr. April Love-Fordham spent twenty very fun years in the corporate world, including several in Washington DC as a technology adviser to both the George H. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations where her resume once claimed that she helped Al Gore invent the internet.
During these years, her clients included NASA, NATO, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Leaving Washington, DC and returning to her home in Atlanta, she rose to the executive suite where her teams were awarded the internet product of the year award two years in a row for the first internet based e-mail system. It was then that she got the idea in her head that she ought to be doing more to make the world a better place. So she left the corporate world and went to seminary to search for answers and become a pastor.
Today she wakes up every morning and asks the Spirit what love mischief they will accomplish together that day. So far that question has led her to take Jesus seriously by trying her best to live out Jesus’s radical, counter-cultural message. She finds joy in working for peace and social justice, caring for the poor and the oppressed, embracing human diversity and equality, questioning religious tradition and culture (including and especially Christianity), and living as a good steward of the earth.
She believes that systems of power, privilege, and oppression have traditionally created barriers for persons and groups with particular identities, ages, abilities and histories. She pledges to do all she can to replace such barriers with love and mutual respect.
Her first collection of books is a series of Disorderly Parable Bible Studies. They include James in the Suburbs on the Epistle of James (2014), Dismantling Injustice on the Song of Solomon (2016), and St. Francis and the Christian Life on Galatians (2018). Each book wraps a story – a modern day parable – around a book of scripture helping readers to see its immediate application to living life as the servant of Christ.
All this may make April sound like a very serious person, but she and her husband, Steve, live with Maggie Mayhem, a goofy Great Dane who never quits with her hilarious antics. April and Steve have hiked more than 1000 miles across Europe and have another 200 planned this year. She has two sons and a daughter-in-law who she absolutely adores.
April’s core belief is that Jesus, “the true light, who enlightens everyone, has come into the world” (John 1:8).
April’s calling is to creatively inspire others (and herself too!) to become the effective servants of Christ through spiritual practices and the study of scripture.
April’s mission is to provide resources through writing, preaching, and teaching that are interesting, scholarly, and have immediate application to living life as the servants of Christ.
With two degrees from Georgia Tech, April rose to the executive suite, left the corporate world, earned an MDiv and DMin, and was ordained. Today she is writing a series called Disorderly Parable Bible Studies, including James in the Suburbs on James (2014), Dismantling Injustice on the Song of Solomon (2016), and St. Francis and the Christian Life on Galatians (2018). April lives with her husband and Great Dane in Atlanta, GA.
* BEE from Ga Tech ’83
* MSEE from Ga Tech ’84
* Married Steve – the love of my life! ’84
* Worked my way to VP of Engineering – Webtone, Telinet, LMI, IBM ’84-’04
* Became a Mom to the most awesome sons! Brent ’86 and Kit ’89
* MDiv from Columbia Theological Seminary ’06
* Ordained PC(USA) Minister of Word and Sacrament ’06
* Pastor of Calvary, Oak Mt, and North Ave ’06-’12
* DMin Gordon-Conwell ’11
* Confirmed in the Episcopal Church ’12
* James in the Suburbs Published by Wipf and Stock ’14
* Dismantling Injustice Published by Wipf and Stock ’16
* Became a mother-in-law to the wonderful and amazing Chanelle ’16
* St. Francis and the Christian Life, Published by Wipf and Stock January 2019.
Associations April Belongs to:
Sampling of Speaking / Preaching / Teaching Engagements:
Peachtree Presbyterian, St. Francis and the Christian Life, Month of Feb ’20
Accepted invitation to be a presenter at a big event Aug/Sept ’19 (This is so exciting!!! But I am not allowed to announce it until July!!!)
St. David’s, Holy Week Preparation – Rehearsing Scripture, March/April ’19
DCPL Local Author Expo, 10am-4pm at the Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library – 5234 LaVista Road – Tucker, March 30, 2019
St. Clements, St. Francis and the Christian Life – Lent Kick off, March ’19
St. David’s, St. Francis and the Christian Life Jan ’19
Seminar on Writing Non-Fiction Christian Books, Fulton Co Library, April ’18
Relics of Jesus, St. David’s Roswell, April ’18
Money and Power: Opportunity or Temptation, St. David’s Feb/March ’18
Mary and Martha: Daughters of the King, Nov ’17
Dismantling Injustice, Five Weeks at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Oct ’17
Enjoying God’s Creation, Keynote at Alabama ECW Fall Conference, Oct’17
Lunch and a Book, Peachtree City Bible Study, Aug’17
Dismantling Injustice, St. Andrews in the Pines, June’17
James in the Suburbs Discussion, Marietta St. Catherine’s, May ’17
Georgia ECW Retreat, May ’17
Finding Peace, St. David’s Wednesday Night Program Six Weeks, April’17
Dismantling Injustice, St. Catherine’s Women’s Retreat, April’17
Lent Speaker, St. Catherine’s, March ’17
Lake Junaluska Retreat, St. Peter and St. Paul, Mar’17
Preached, St. Stephens, Milledgeville, GA, Dec’16
Finding Balance for Northside United Methodist Church Teacher’s Meeting, Nov ’16
Dismantling Injustice, Six Weeks at St. David’s Rector Forum Nov’16
Loving like Jesus Did, Wednesday Night kickoff at St. Catherine’s Oct’16
James in the Suburbs, Women’s Study Group at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Oct’16
Everyday Spirituality, St. Clements Oct’16
Dismantling Injustice, St. Catherine’s Ministry Fair Aug’16
Dancing in the Spirit, Guest Speaker at Wednesday Women’s Class St. David’s Aug’16
Strangest Stories of the Old Testament, Wednesday Women’s St. David’s, June’16
James in the Suburbs, Four Sunday Mornings at Peachtree Presbyterian Church May’16
Strangest Stories of the Old Testament, Six Weeks at St. D’s Wednesday Night, May’16
Dancing in the Spirit, Spring Retreat ECW of Atlanta Diocese at Camp Mikel April’16
Teachings of Jesus, Six Wednesday Nights at St. David’s Wednesday Night, Mar’16
James in the Suburbs, Retreat with St. Catherine’s Study Group Mar’16
James in the Suburbs, Sunday Morning at St. Andrew’s in the Pines Feb’16
St. Francis, Four Weeks at St. David’s Rector Forum Oct’15
James in the Suburbs, Daughters of the King retreat at St. Peter and Paul’s Sept ’15
What Really Happened in the Upper Room?, Four Sunday Mornings at St. D’s Mar’15
James in the Suburbs, Saturday Winter ECWomen of Atlanta Diocese Jan ’15
Evil, Lenten Program at St. Peter and St. Paul’s Feb ’15
Lenten Quiet Day, Old Testament Relics and the Death of Christ Feb’15
Galatians, St. Peter and St. Paul’s Dec’14
James in the Suburbs, Six Wednesday Nights at St. David’s Sept ’14
Christian Healing, Three Sunday Mornings at St. David’s Sept ’14
Spiritual Direction Mentor, Nine Months at St. David’s Sept ’13
Advent Quiet Day, Old Testament Relics and the Birth of Christ St. David’s April ‘ 14
Philippians, Six Weeks at St. David’s Wednesday Women’s Class Mar’14
Dealing with Negative Emotions, Six Weeks at St. David’s Jan’14
Parenting Forum on Developing Family Christmas Traditions at St. David’s Dec’13
Parenting Forum on Couples Formation in Christ at St. David’s Nov’13
Approval Addiction, Three Weeks at St. David’s Sunday Program Oct ’13
Paul and the Law, Guest Speaker at Wednesday Women’s Class St. David’s Oct ’13