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 at least twenty years, but never quite felt at home until I found ADF.
My roles within ADF:
I am currently the Vice Archdruid of ADF, as well as a Senior Priest and Initiate. I also wear a few other hats within ADF including: ADF Social Media Manager, Coordinator for the Solitary SIG, Scribe for the Artisan’s Guild, Chief and Preceptor of the Demeter & Eleusinian Order, and Preceptor of the Naturalist Guild.
I am also a mentor for both the DP and the IP, and a reviewer for the Dedicant Path, Generalist Study Program, Clergy Training Program, and Initiates Program.
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.
Study Program Completions:
- Dedicant Path - May 2013
- CTP-Prelim - August 2014
- CTP 1st Circle - February 2015
- Generalist - October 2015
- Liturgists Guild 1st Circle - June 2015
- Seers Guild - May 2016
- Initiate - October 2016
- Demeter and Eleusinian Order 1st Circle - May 2017
- CTP 2nd Circle - May 2017
- Demeter and Eleusinian Order 2nd Circle - July 2018
- Liturgists Guild 2nd Circle - July 2018
- Demeter and Eleusinian Order 3rd Circle - February 2019
- Artisans - March 2019
- Liturgists Guild 3rd Circle - January 2020
- CTP 3rd Circle - February 2020
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.