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Meet Kate Miller

Kate Miller
Garrett-Evangelical has really pushed me in my understanding of my call and ministry itself. Hearing other people’s callings and the way they viewed ministry helped me to realize that my call was growing and changing from what I first perceived it.

Kate Miller 

Master of Divinity 

What is your hometown and educational background? 
I grew up in a small town called Mazon in Illinois, with a population of around 900 people. I went to Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies with a minor in history. I am a first-generation college student. Neither my parents nor grandparents went on to pursue higher education, so it is even more special to be the first to get a master’s degree.

How has your time at Garrett-Evangelical shaped your ministry and calling?
Garrett-Evangelical has really pushed me in my understanding of my call and ministry itself. I came here in 2015 on the elder track in The United Methodist Church, thinking I wanted to be a pastor in the local church. Hearing other people’s callings and the way they viewed ministry helped me to realize that my call was growing and changing from what I first perceived it. I’m now pursuing a different type of ministry, one that involves becoming a theological librarian. 

What is your most transformative experience at Garrett-Evangelical? 
My most transformative experience at Garrett-Evangelical has to be the amazing friendships that I have made here. They have opened up doors to opportunities and connections that I never dreamed of. Through my friends, I have discovered God and learned more about compassion, ministry, and the hope of the church. Without them, I don’t think I would have learned nearly enough! 

What are your plans or your hopes for your future? 
Starting in the fall of 2018, I will start another degree, a Master of Library and Information Science at the University of Washington in Seattle. With it comes dreams of becoming a theological librarian in a seminary one day. Ministry happens all around us, and I experienced it profoundly while I worked at the Styberg Library here at Garrett-Evangelical. I hope the students who I helped felt my pastoral presence as well. I look forward to pushing the boundaries of ministry as I go forth into the world.