Ami Vielehr has been in ministry for the past twenty-five years as a pastor, teacher, hospice chaplain, writer, speaker and retreat leader. She earned her BA in English and Elementary Education from Rutgers University in NJ where she was also the recipient of the Alumni Creative Writing Award and a finalist in the Lilly National Poetry Convocation in Bloomington, Indiana. Ami earned her Masters of Divinity from Palmer Theological Seminary (formerly Eastern Baptist Seminary) in St. Davids, Pennsylvania.
Recently, Ami decided to take a sabbatical from full time ministry to pursue writing her first book about grieving the losses of sacred community. She is the founder and director of Sabbath Place: a community of believers who are on a journey of discovery and spiritual growth, engaging with God and each other to develop and nurture personal and corporate relationships.
As a blogger and poet, Ami explores spiritual themes in creation, community and family. Seeking truth and authenticity through messy spirituality, she is willing to get her hands dirty in the process of getting to know God.
Ami has been married to her best friend Ethan for over 26 years and together they are the proud parents to three great kids, a daughter in law, and a brand new golden retriever puppy named Samson. Ami lives in the Philadelphia area and is currently accepting speaking engagements for retreats and conferences.