- Serving with the Peruvian Evangelical Lutheran Church (ILEP)
- Provided guidance and theological education to the first seven pastors ordained in ILEP
- Accompanies the leadership of ILEP in administrative matters
- Encourages small projects such as the "Circulo de Sara," a women's knitting mini-factory
- Assists with ministry for new missions; focussing now on ILEP's mission in the Iquitos area
- Birthday: August 9
- Address: Urb. Juan Pablo II, Mo. 45 -103, San Juan, Iquitos, Maynas, Peru
After Spanish studies in Bolivia for three months, Katharine moved in April 1994 to Lima, Peru, where she began life as a missionary of the ELCIC with the Peruvian Evangelical Lutheran Church (ILEP). Founded in 1990, ILEP is a small but growing church with seven pastors serving several congregations.
Katharine's ministry in Peru is best described as accompaniment. Katharine provides guidance and theological education to pastors and lay workers that are leading and guiding the ministry of ILEP congregations. She accompanies the leadership of ILEP in conflict resolution and assists in administrative matters such as revisions to the constitution and ordination requirements. In June 1999, the first five ILEP pastors were ordained; two more have been ordained since then. Katharine also assists small development projects such as the Circulo de Sara, a women's knitting mini-factory. In recognition of her significant contribution to the Lutheran church in Peru, Katharine was presented with an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 2004 by the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon.
In response to a call to serve ILEP's mission development in the Amazon region of Peru, Katharine moved to Iquitos from Lima in early February 2004. After a six month trial period, ELCIC Mission in the World and ILEP agreed that Katharine should continue this ministry at two sites; in Iquitos with the Fiel es Dios (God is Faithful) community and in the rural area of Triunfo.
Katharine was born in Edmonton, AB. Following high school she earned her Teaching Certificate at Victoria College, and her BA at the University of Victoria. After graduation she taught English as a second language in Ghana for three years and then returned to Canada to teach in Colwood, BC. Moving to Manitoba, she worked in the Confluent Education Program in northern and rural areas of the province, earned her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Manitoba and served as Resource Teacher in Selkirk and Winnipeg.
After over a decade of teaching, Katharine began theological studies and graduated in 1983 with a MDiv from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon. Following ordination she served as pastor at Riverton-Hnausa Lutheran Church in Riverton, MB, and Zion Lutheran in Thunder Bay, ON. Her hobbies include travel, reading and music. She enjoys fresh air and exercise and related activities such as camping.