Kate’s father was a UU minister and her stepmother, Marlene Walker, was ordained at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church after serving as an intern here. Kate is an outdoor enthusiast, enjoying many activities including sailing, hiking, biking, canoeing, and camping. She is an avid reader and always has far more books on the “to be read” shelf than years in her life. Her life is greatly enhanced by her husband Mark, and two energetic springer spaniels. She has three adult stepchildren and three grandchildren.

Kate earned her Doctor of Ministry from Virginia Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Starr King School for the Ministry, an MA in Social Ecology from Goddard College in Vermont, and a BA from University of Denver.

“I love serving a church community that is committed to growth both in numbers and spiritual maturity. I fully engage and explore all aspects of my ministry; preaching, community development, and social justice. I love preaching and engaging in a community that wants to be intellectually challenged, emotionally inspired and to grow spiritually. Social Justice Work is something I grew up with and feel is part of my ground of being. In my sermons and worship services in general, I strive for a theological balance, as well as a balance of emotion, spirit and intellect. If there were only one thing I would say about my ministry, it would be this, ministry is built on a formation of trust. Good ministry grows from a minister who cares, is ethical and is an attentive professional, always extending trust to the congregation and earning trust in return.” Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker