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November 24, 2015

News around the Synod of Lakes and Prairies
Synod calls 'Kate' Killebrew to serve
as director of leadership development

Kate Killebrew Commissioners of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted Thursday, Nov. 19, to call the Rev. Dr. Katherine "Kate" Killebrew, at right, to serve as its director of leadership development.

She will spend her first day in the office Monday, Jan. 11.
 
Since graduating from Princeton (N.J.) Theological Seminary, Killebrew has, for more than 30 years, served the Presbyterian Church in a number of capacities: pastor, educator, chaplain, and as presbytery mission and church development staff. While serving the Synod of the Northeast, she specialized in stewardship and mission in three presbyteries.

Her involvement in Presbyterian mission and fundraising has included mission trips to Kenya, Nicaragua, Mexico, El Salvador, and, most recently, Cuba.
 
In 2005 she was awarded a doctorate in ministry -- with a concentration in organizational development and change process for congregations -- from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.
 
Her current position as pastor at Collingswood (N.J.) Presbyterian Church has allowed Killebrew to put theory into practice and experience the joys and challenges of leading a redeveloping congregation.
 
As the synod's director of leadership development, Killebrew will serve in a similar capacity to that of Diana Barber, the synod's associate executive for leadership of development, who will retire at the end of January.

The Synod of Lakes and Prairies covers a wide area of the upper Midwest and includes 16 presbyteries that represent more than 120,000 Presbyterians in more than 800 churches. The synod's offices are in Eagan, Minn.
 
Killebrew and her husband, Gary Salmon, the retired executive director of a local non-profit, and former Lutheran pastor, live in South Jersey. Their oldest son, William, recently earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and works in New Jersey. Their youngest son, Brett, is completing a doctorate in astrophysics at Texas A&M.
 
She and her husband like to garden and camp, and enjoy biking.