My life in ADF:
My name is Rev. Amber Doty. I grew up in rural Nebraska, and now live in Omaha with my family. I have been a member of ADF since 2008 and Pagan for longer than I can remember, but never quite felt at home until I found ADF.
Study Program Completions:
I completed my Dedicant Path in May of 2013. Since that time I have completed the CTP-Preliminary courses, as well as the 1st and 2nd circle of the Clergy Training Program, being Ordained in 2015 and Consecrated in 2017. I completed the Initiate Program and was initiated in 2016. I've also completed the Generalist Study Program and the 1st Circles of the Seers Guild, Liturgists Guild, and Demeter & Eleusinian Order, as well as several other miscellaneous courses.
My roles within ADF:
I am an ADF Consecrated Priest and Initiate, and currently the Central Regional Druid and Chief of the Council of Regional Druids. I also hold the positions of Parenting SIG Coordinator and Scribe for the Artisan’s Guild and Welsh Kin. I currently act as the Clergy Advisor and Preceptor of the Demeter & Eleusinian Order and Preceptor for the Naturalists Guild. I am also a Dedicant mentor and reviewer for the Dedicant Path, Generalist Study Program, and Initiates Program. Additionally, I am the Senior Druid for Prairie Shadow Grove in Omaha, NE.
I've spent most of my life studying different religious beliefs and the mythology associated with them but never found an organization that "fit" until I joined ADF. Like so many others, I craved a connection to our Mother Earth and my European ancestors, while still following the call of the Hellenic hearth. I would constantly find myself researching one religion or another to see if I can find something that fit my path. One of those research periods led me down the road of modern Druidry and the organizations associated with it. I read about all of the different groups, and ADF seemed to be the most accessible and the best fit for me. It took some time for me to feel comfortable but, even during my struggles; I knew that ADF was an organization that I was proud to be a part of. It took me 5 years, but I managed to work through the Dedicant Path and now love working through the different study programs that ADF has to offer. The connections that I have made through this organization are incredible. The people here, some of which I have never met in person, feel like my family. It is important to me to feel connected even when I am physically segregated from a majority of the other members. I’ve always wanted to find a community, and ADF has helped me do exactly that.
Who am I outside of ADF?
This is a question that could be answered in so many ways. I am a mom, a sister, a daughter…a geek, a book collector, and a gamer. I have a Bachelors in Computer Management Information Systems and work providing technology support to 18 school districts. I love being a part of the education field. In addition to my activities within ADF, I also work in the local Pagan community in Nebraska to build a healthy Pagan population. Building a community has always been my goal, and I'm so thrilled to be able to see that happening.