Pastor Katie M Ladd

Pastor Katie LaddI 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.

My background

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!

Pastoral Ministry

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.

Want more?

If you want to know more of who I am, check out my blog at 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.

-Pastor Katie

The Rev. Katie M. Ladd
Queen Anne United Methodist Church
1606 5th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119


One Reply to “Pastor Katie M Ladd”

  1. Thank you for your blog “Oh, …..Here I go.” You have refreshed my hope and eased my pain. As a 73 year old retired elder, I find myself in terrible pain and embarrassment over recent rejections in the UMC. Since the latest news releases I fear the loss of much progress in the community and local church I attend and support. In our small clergy coffee group one retired pastor (who had been asked to perform a same sex marriage) asked what we would do. Almost all present were retired and said that we would do so. The sole active female clergy said no, because it would affect her promotions as pastor in the system!!!! My prayer is that within several generations our clergy will progress from political beasts of the system to persons called to serve as pastors wherever we are. Of course, I never made it far up the system! :-] My wife is a retired LCSW who served at one time as Administrative Assistant to two of our Bishops, and she says, “At least you have maintained your integrity!” And maybe in the end being faithful is what it is all about. Thank you again for your brilliant letter. Gary

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