Pastor, artist, preacher, mother and neighbor, Rev. Kati Collins (she/her) delights in the collaborative nature of life, when adults, children, youth, elders, animals, the earth, plants, and all of creation joins with God in the re-creation and healing of our world. Pastor Kati graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary with her Masters of Divinity in 2011 after emphasizing her studies in worship renewal and community outreach. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry at Perkins Theological Seminary, Southern Methodist University(2024), writing her thesis on the intersections of motherhood and ministry. A born and raised Presbyterian, she gained a wide range of influences while living in West Virginia, Kansas, North Carolina, Georgia, Wisconsin, the Czech Republic, Nebraska, Texas and Oklahoma. Graduating from Ponca City High School and Oklahoma State University, Kati is glad to have this time at "home" in Oklahoma, introducing her husband Robbie and children, Samantha and Abigail, to Stillwater and OSU culture. Ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in 2011, Pastor Kati has served congregations in Nebraska, Kansas, Texas and now Oklahoma. Her call as the interim pastor of First Presbyterian evolved out of her love for this congregation and a desire to reconnect with her family in this area.
"First Presbyterian Church of Stillwater has always been a part of my faith story. When I was a student at OSU, this church gave me a place to connect my questions about life, God, and the world with scripture, reformed theologians, and current events. It was a time when I chose to be Presbyterian. Now I can use my gifts and training to help lead this congregation through an important season of transition, as we simply remember the story of how God has changed our lives through this church, recognize how this church is still changing lives and welcoming all to the table of Grace, and better tell these stories so that more can benefit from the God of Love that we have experienced together."
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