A fifth generation Disciple, ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Tucson, Arizona (1979) and holding standing in the United Church of Christ since 1993, Kate Epperly is no stranger to DHM’s Family and Children’s Ministries, having served on our team in 2013-2014 as part of an experimental Disciples/UCC Family and Children’s faith formation partnership. We are delighted to have her on board as a DHM staffer. Kate also serves part-time as Designated Term Minister at Christian Union Church in Truro on Cape Cod (Massachusetts).
Kate brings to her role as Minister of Justice and Advocacy for Families and Children a lifelong commitment to justice and advocacy, and holistic spiritual formation for the wellbeing of families, children and youth. A graduate of Scripps College (’72), Claremont School of Theology with an Div. (’78) and D. Min (’81), her ministerial experience includes revitalization of ministry programs with young adults at Central Michigan University and Georgetown University, and congregational revitalization through development of intergenerational worship and faith formation as Pastor of The Palisades Community Church in Washington DC, and as Co-Pastor of Disciples United Community Church in Lancaster, PA.
Having worked in Church World Service CROP and refugee resettlement and immigration programs for many years, Kate is currently focusing her volunteer efforts as Coordinator of the Cape Cod Chapter of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Her focus with Family and Children’s Ministries is developing crossgenerational, faith-based resources for children and families dedicated to seeking the common good for all God’s children, in our communities, nation and abroad.
Central to Kate’s work will be curating resources for families and children seeking to build empathetic, compassionate, and just relationships for reconciliation and wholeness amidst the diverse peoples of our churches, communities and world. Such resources will include core practices of non-violent communication and conflict resolution, arising from an integrative, intergenerational faith formation model of prayerful action and reflection.
Kate considers her role as an after-school caregiver for her two young grandsons as a central of her ministry. Kate and theologian-pastor Bruce Epperly have shared in ministry and marriage for 37 years. This will be Kate’s second summer serving as co-dean of a Grandparents and Grandchildren’s Camp at the UCC Horton Conference Center in New Hampshire.