Testimonial 11

I have seen Rev. Katie grow into the amazing minister she has become. We served together as Worship Associates at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers. We met at a Starbucks and planned a service together. It was an awesome service – we decided to use upbeat non-tradition modern music. It was an end of the year and new beginnings service. Shortly after our service, Katie told me she had been “called” and was going to Divinity School. I supported her and cheered her on – each step of her journey. There was no doubt in my mind that she would not only complete her education but would blossom into an amazing minister. She preached several times at UUCFM during her time as an intern minister and I was blown away with how much she developed her pulpit presence – she owned it! I was there at her ordination – what a beautiful celebration. I remember telling her – search for your first church in the DC area – if you want to be in the heart of where social justice happens you have to move to DC. I spent 23 years in Maryland before meeting Katie. I became a UU while living in Maryland before moving to Florida and meeting Katie. Rev. Katie is now a minister with a UU Church in Maryland and she lives very close to where I used to live. As I follow Rev. Katie on social media, I see her ministry in full bloom, just like the cherry blossoms. I watch her live her powerful social justice ministry. Every March down the historic DC streets and monuments, I see photos of Rev. Katie and I feel proud. She is an amazing soul and has found her calling.

— Jennifer Grant, Lay Leader