In 2002, after an unexpected relocation to Virginia following the demise of Enron, her husband’s employer, Wendy McCaig fell into working with the homeless in Richmond, Va. Through her relationships with homeless men and women, Wendy’s vision of what it means to be the church began to transform. She soon found that she was experiencing the richest expression of the Christian faith, not in the pew on Sunday morning, but in the streets serving alongside her homeless friends. It is this journey beyond the walls of the church that inspired Wendy to write her first book, From the Sanctuary to the Streets: How the Dreams of One City’s Homeless Sparked a Faith Revolution and Transformed a Community.
Wendy McCaig is the founder and Executive Director of Embrace Richmond, an inner-city ministry in Richmond, Virginia. Wendy holds a Master’s degree in Divinity from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond and has worked more than ten years as a leader in the local church and another six serving the homeless population. Wendy has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Texas A&M University and is a CPA who spent six years as an auditor in Houston, Texas before becoming a minister. Upon graduation from college in 1988, Wendy married her high school sweetheart, Chris, and has been happily married every since. Wendy’s greatest honor is being the mother of three amazing teenage daughters.
From the Sanctuary to the Streets was written for others who are seeking to experience the richness of the Christian tradition that is found in communion with the Holy Spirit through the practice of hospitality with the stranger.