Interim Associate to Work with Others to Discern Next Direction for Young Women’s Leadership Development
January 24, 2013
Kate Carlisle understands the importance of young women’s leadership development within the church. She is a lifelong Presbyterian whose values and own leadership skills were shaped by her faith and church family. It’s why she was excited to be selected as Racial Ethnic and Women’s Ministries/Presbyterian Women’s new interim Associate for Young Women’s Leadership Development.
“I am grateful for the many strengths our church possesses in involving women and young adults in mission and ministry,” Carlisle said. “At the same time I am sensitive to issues young women including seminarians and young clergywomen can face.”
Carlisle has experience in multiple pastoral roles both within and outside of the PC(USA). Most recently, she served as student pastor of The Congregational Church in Somersville, Connecticut. She was previously chaplain intern at the University of Louisville Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center in Louisville, Kentucky; pastoral intern at Bedford Presbyterian Church in Bedford, New York and peer minister for the Episcopal Campus Ministry at Haverford and Bryn Mawr colleges. She graduated with Honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from Haverford College. Carlisle has a Master of Divinity degree and a Certificate in Reformed Studies from Yale Divinity School.
In her role as the new interim Associate for Young Women’s Leadership Development she will work to implement programming and ministries specific to young women members and clergywomen within the PC(USA). Carlisle will also work with field staff with the National Network of Presbyterian College Women (NNPCW) and Racial Ethnic Young Women Together (REYWT) to coordinate resources, ministry outreach and communication to more fully meet the needs of those involved within these networks while reaching out to more young women.
“I look forward to engaging young women in conversation about their many and varied roles in the church, and to imagining and shaping new strategies for this ministry,” Carlisle told us about her role within Racial Ethnic and Women’s Ministry/PW.
“I am encouraged by the Mission Work Plan’s charge to “Empower, engage and join young adults in reforming the church for Christ’s mission,” she said. I am excited to join with Racial Ethnic and Women’s Ministries and with other young adult staff in working to do just that.”
Young Women’s Leadership Development is a national ministry of the Presbyterian Mission Agency within Women’s Ministries. The office of Young Women’s Leadership Development provides resources and programs for young adult women ages 18 – 35 who are considering leadership opportunities in the church.