Meet 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.