Catherine Kelsey

Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
and Interim Dean of the Faculty

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  • B.A., Albion College, MI
  • M.Div., Vanderbilt Divinity School
  • Th.D., Harvard Divinity School


Rev. Cathie Kelsey, MDiv,ThD (Vanderbilt, Harvard) innovates regularly in her role as Interim Dean of the Faculty. “The contexts we live in are changing rapidly. That means the ways we become community require experimentation. In my leadership of experiments, I root us in our purpose: ‘nurture passion, cultivate compassion and encourage works of justice throughout creation.’ These are values I know we share, values with which we build together across our many differences.”

An Elder in the United Methodist Church since 1984, Kelsey has lived in and worked with congregations in all 5 U.S. jurisdictions. For more than a decade she taught UM History, UM Doctrine, and UM Polity for Leadership with an emphasis on the practices of historic Methodism and their translation into future effectiveness. She also regularly teaches Life of Prayer using resources from diverse traditions of practice beyond and within Christianity.