Our parish minister, The Reverend Kate R. Walker began her service at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church (MVUC) August 1, 2008. She comes to us from the Unitarian Universlaist Church of Meadville, Pennsylvania, where she was the minister for ten years.
Kate’s father was a UU minister and her step-mother, Marlene Walker, was ordained at MVUC after serving as an intern here. Kate is an outdoor enthusiast, enjoying many activities including 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 two dogs, Kooper and Logan (a Chinook and Springer Spaniel respectively), and two cats of very diverse personalities. In addition to her husband Mark, she has three adult stepchildren: Michael (who is in college intent on becoming a professional computer gamer), Patrick, and Erin, and one granddaughter. Kate earned her Masters of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry in 1997, Kate has also earned a Bachelors of Arts in Mass/Speech Communication from the University of Denver and a Master of Arts in Social Ecology from Goddard College in Vermont. Here are some of Kate’s own words: “I am looking for a church community that is committed to growth both in numbers and spiritual maturity. I want to fully engage and explore all aspects of my ministry; preaching, community development, and social justice. I love preaching and have spent significant time and effort developing my preaching skills. I want 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.”