The Rev. Kathie Adams-Shepherd
The Rev. Kathleen “Kathie” Adams-Shepherd began January 2, 2017 as Provost at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis. Formerly rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown, Conn., for 20 years, she will be the 15th ordained clergy leader in the history of the Cathedral founded in 1819 in downtown St. Louis.
The Cathedral’s call to the Rev. Adams-Shepherd reflects its longstanding commitment to rich liturgy, social justice in downtown St. Louis and beyond, and mutual ministry with the congregation.
“It is with a full and humble heart that I write to share my great joy and excitement at the call to be Provost in ministry with you in Christ’s Name,” she wrote in a letter shared with the congregation upon her selection. “The faithfulness and hope with which you embrace your call to ministry and mission with Christ is deeply compelling. I look forward with a glad heart to what God will bring forth from us in the years ahead.”
The Rev. Adams-Shepherd earned a bachelor’s degree in education/psychology at Bridgewater State College, in Bridgewater, Mass., in 1977. Four years after the Episcopal Church began the ordination of women, she acquired her Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, New York.
She initially served as curate at Church of the Resurrection in Oswego, New York and, after two years, was named its priest in charge in October 1984. Three years later, she was called to be rector of two parishes in upstate New York: St. John’s Church in Cape Vincent and Christ Church in Clayton. She has served as Trinity Episcopal Church’s rector since January 1996. She describes her liturgical style as collaborative, mutual, open, broad, creative and inclusive.
Wrote the Rev. Adams-Shepherd: “Strong faith-filled liturgy should transform us by God’s grace into a people in love with God and one another: healed, uplifted, renewed, restored, sent forth with gifts to proclaim the source of our light, life and hope to a world in dire need.”
She is married to Richard “Shep” Adams-Shepherd, a psychological therapist. They have two adult children.