Kate is a church optimist; she believes the church has the potential within it to be an astounding force for good in the world, and a deeply impactful avenue for spiritual maturation in our society. She has seen many iterations of what church can become, and hopes to help guide the church toward the healthiest, most life-giving version of community it can be. Kate is known for open discussion about many things, especially her adventures in the church, the importance of welcoming new people into community, her evolving relationship with God, and her misadventures in mothering.
Kate hails first from Fresno, CA, then from Portland, OR. She was raised in the PCUSA by her parents, Susan and John. While attending school at Lewis and Clark College, Kate traveled for summer service trips with IVCF; most notably to Albania, Mexico City, and China. Through these projects, she developed a love for ministry, world missions, and social change. In 2003, she graduated with a BA in Theater and a minor in Vocal Performance. The following year, Kate lived in Seattle’s Urban Intentional Community, a ministry of PCUSA’s Young Adult Volunteer Program.
Kate began working in children’s ministry at New Hope Community Church in Portland in 2005. In 2006, she married her husband Tim. At New Hope, Kate worked variously with children, middle school, college students, and international ministry. She earned a Master of Divinity from George Fox Seminary in 2011, and shortly thereafter Tim and Kate welcomed their first daughter, Allie, into the world.
In 2013, Kate and Tim moved to Davis, lured by short winters, proximity to Tahoe, and immeasurably more sunshine than Portland! She joined staff at Davis Community Church as the Minister of Children and Youth, and joyfully added their second daughter, Lindsay, to the family. Glad to be back in the PCUSA family, she has been working since to invigorate the children and youth programs of DCC. Kate enjoys working on their “fixer upper” home in Woodland, playing Ultimate Frisbee, theorizing about the future of the Christian church, and the occasional strategy board game.