Kate transferred her credentials from the Hudson Mohawk Association of the United Church of Christ to the PCUSA, Albany Presbytery 28 years ago when her “part-time temporary stated supply to assist the pastor for 12 weeks” call in 1984 became a full-time position in 1988. After serving the Brunswick Church as Associate Pastor for 25 years she left that position to care for her daughter’s health needs during a transitional year. In 2011 she began serving the Cambridge Church in a ‘part time temporary pastoral relationship.’ She jokes that she must be hard to get rid of given how long her ‘temp jobs’ last.
Kate has served on Presbytery committees dealing with theological leadership, congregational renewal, committee on ministry, building stewardship and on the board of trustees. She was elected to the 217th (2006) General Assembly and served as the vice-moderator of the committee which heard and recommended the report of the Task Force on Peace Unity and Purity. She served on the Board of Presbyterians for Renewal and was founding member of the Northeast MA Wee Kirk (small church) steering committee. Some of her fondest memories in the presbytery were made as part of the Climbing Companions Group and Bialys group, both covenanted groups for study and spiritual growth.
Part of Kate’s spiritual discipline includes regular global travel. The Church in Bangladesh, Russia, Syria/Lebanon and Guatemala is alive, strong, resilient. It has much wisdom to offer the churches in the US. She has found global churches and rural small churches in the US to have many similarities.
Kate and her husband David are empty nesters. Their son and daughter-in-law live and work in the Albany area. Their daughter works at Emma Willard in Troy. Arnie their trusted plot hound continues to delight in destroying David’s carefully laid x-county ski tracks when not welcoming anyone that comes into the Cambridge Church’s Brieman Building.
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