Kathleen E. (Katie) Peterson is a deaconess serving as a Church and Community Worker with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. Her current missionary assignment is as director of the God's Country Cooperative Parish in the Eastern Upper Peninsula of northern Michigan.
Katie's responsibilities include working with the pastors and laity of seven churches toward a more cooperative spirit of ministry through partnerships, leadership development, and mission outreach. Much of her energy is directed toward helping these communities of faith become more aware of issues that impact them. Challenges include physical isolation, poverty, prejudice, social injustice, violence, job loss, and natural disaster. The goal is to bring hope and the love of God to the communities and persons the churches serve. Katie's work also extends to children and youth, senior citizens, and those who are victimized.
Michigan's Upper Peninsula faces the problems that are inherent with remoteness, limited job opportunity, child and spousal abuse, alcohol/drug abuse, teen pregnancy, and feelings of hopelessness. The seven churches, although spread over 250 square miles, combine their resources; share their faith; and through their active presence work to bring self-esteem, hope, and faith to all of God's children throughout their vast parish.
Of her call to mission service, Katie says, "I have felt God's presence working through all of my life. Most recently, I have truly seen God working miracles and moving me into new opportunities to serve God through missions."
A native of Ohio, Katie earned a B.A. degree in Gerontology from the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, and her master of arts and religion in Christian Education from Memphis Theological Seminary. She was commissioned as a deaconess in October 2001 and as a Church and Community Worker in 2004. Katie was a young adult missionary through the US-2 program from 1998 to 2000, working in inner-city Memphis. Her first assignment as a deaconess and Church and Community Worker was with the East Sub-District of The United Methodist Church in Fayette County, Tennessee.
Katie is a member of Paradise United Methodist Church in Paradise, Michigan, and also holds associate membership in Trinity United Methodist Church in Fremont, Ohio.
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