Rev. Kate Hanch is a PhD candidate in theology and ethics. She holds a BA from Missouri Baptist University and a MDiv from Central Baptist Theological Seminary. She perceives her calling to serve the church and the world through teaching, research, and ministry. Her dissertation seeks to articulate a feminist prophetic humility as a habitus utilizing the writings of medieval female mystics and nineteenth century African American female preachers. She is influenced by feminist theory and theology, womanist theology, Christian mysticism, and systematic theology. She enjoys bringing overlooked voices to the fore as theologians in her work, like writing on the theology of Zilpha Elaw and Mechtild of Hackeborn. Kate is ordained in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and currently serves on the leadership team at her church. She received the 2014 Fellowship of Christian Stewards Emerging Leader award from the Missouri Baptist Foundation and received the Wheeler-Proctor Excellence of Theology Award from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in 2011. Kate lives in the St. Louis, Missouri, area, where she works at a non-profit, supply preaches, and occasionally adjuncts.
Papers and Publications
“Ordinary Sacramentality: Contextualizing Imagery in Conveying Salvation” in Philip Thompson and Anthony Cross (eds.), Baptist Sacramentalism. (Wipf & Stock, forthcoming.)
"Bodying the Word: Julia Foote's Deployment of Nommo in Resistance." (tentative title). Liturgy, vol. 35, no.1, forthcoming (2020).
“Resources of Women as Theologians in the Great Tradition.” Sources of Light: Resources for Baptist Churches Practicing Theology, ed. by Steve Harmon and Amy Chilton, Macon, Ga: Mercer University Press, forthcoming.
“Martin Luther King Jr.’s White Moderates and Moderate Baptists: Moderateness as Betrayal of the Gospel,” Review and Expositor, Winter 2019, forthcoming.
“Participation in God; Oned by Love: Paul Fiddes in Dialogue with Julian of Norwich,” Perspectives in Religious Studies, vol. 44, issue 1, Spring 2017, pp. 69-72.
Review of “Spirit and Salvation. By Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen,” Horizons 44, no. 1 (2017): 221–223.
“Love’s Journey: Mechtild of Hackeborn’s Soteriology,” in the section “Recovering Female Interpreters of the Bible”, Society of Biblical Literature, Denver, 2018.
“Bodying the Word: 19th century American Black Female preachers’ use of Scripture in Resistance” at the inaugural Political Theology Conference, Emory Conference Center, Atlanta, Georgia, 2018.
“Oneing as Theosis: Julian of Norwich’s Use of the Johannine Farewell Discourse,” in the section “Recovering Female Interpreters of the Bible,” Society of Biblical Literature, Boston, 2017.
“Sanctified by the Spirit: Theosis in Jarena Lee, Zilpha Elaw, and Sojourner Truth,” American Academy of Religion, History of Christianity Section, San Antonio, November 2016.
“‘Expanding Our Theological Imaginations’: How Practices of Meditation in Baptist Worship Educate and Liberate,” College Theology Society, National Association of Baptist Professors in Religion section, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, June 2016.
“Our Soul in God, Abiding in Love: Julian of Norwich and Anne Dutton’s Language of Enclosure to Describe Salvation,” National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, Waco, TX, May 2016.
“Oned by Love: Julian of Norwich’s Reliance upon Augustine’s De Trinitate in her Concept of Divinization.” American Academy of Religion Midwest Annual Meeting, Muncie, IN, April 2016.