With a passion for storytelling, empowering the voices of others, and proclaiming the gospel, Katie Shaw Thompson is delighted to be seeking credentials with Vanderbilt Divinity School’s Homiletic Peer Coaching Certificate Program. Through the inductive process of this program, Katie has been powerfully moved and invited to meaningful growth as a preacher, and she looks forward to the opportunity to share that experience with others.
Katie has preached at Young Adult Conference, National Youth Conference, and Annual Conference for the Church of the Brethren, as well as served as a worship coordinator for the Church of the Brethren’s National Young Adult Conference and a worship leader for Annual Conference. She is also currently a board member for the Brethren Journal Association.
Katie earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing with a certificate in Education from Lycoming College in Williampsort, PA in 2007. In 2012, she completed her Masters of Divinity at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, IN, with a Masters of Divinity with a Peace Emphasis and Distinction in Ministry Studies. The same year, she was ordained at the Ivester Church of the Brethren in Grundy Center, IA, where she served as a pastor for three years.
In late 2015, Katie was called to the Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren in Elgin, IL, drawn by the congregation’s yearning to re-imagine worship and expand community engagement, as well as its historical commitment to social justice as a faithful response to the call of Jesus Christ. With her spouse Parker, Katie parents two young children and lives in Elgin’s historic district, where she enjoys walking around the community with her dog, learning Spanish, and practicing yoga.
Photo @2015 Church of the Brethren/Glenn Riegel