I was appointed to QAUMC in July 2011. It has been my pleasure to serve churches that are both large and small, and I am excited to work as the new pastor of this congregation. God is “creating a new thing” here.
I am originally from the South. My family comes from Louisiana and Arkansas, and I grew up near Memphis, Tenn., in Mississippi and in Arkansas. Every now and then you’ll hear a little Southern accent slip out!
Throughout my ministry, I have been called to work with people who feel left out, left alone, marginalized, and on the fringes. I believe that God is found in liminal places.
Your questions of faith are always welcome should you want to share them with me. Nothing is more humbling and sacred than to walk with a person along his or her faith journey.
Some of us live in the presence of God with great ease, but most of us struggle our way forward.
John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, once said, “Every one, though born of God in an instant, yet undoubtedly grows by slow degrees.”
Your struggle is a wonderful thing. Cherish it. It means that you take seriously your own experiences and the demands of the Gospel.
If you want to know more of who I am, check out my blog at www.peaceablekindom.blogspot.com. I write about faith, social and political issues, pop culture, church trends, the Bible and my own life. It is a glimpse into me.
You can also view the “It Gets Better” video that I produced in 2010.
You might also read Isaiah 58:6-12; it undergirds everything I hope to aspire to in ministry. And, I believe that it stood at the center of Christ’s own ministry.
I am also in the process of finalizing my first church curriculum; it is a video series on Sabbath-keeping. If you are interested in Sabbath, please get in touch with me. I would love to hear from you.
Peace and blessings on your spiritual journey, wherever it may take you. Should it bring you to the top of Queen Anne, drop by, grab some coffee and rest along the way.
The Rev. Katie M. Ladd
Queen Anne United Methodist Church
1606 5th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119