While growing up, Kate attended Our Father’s Lutheran Church in Rockford, Minnesota, where she was confirmed, taught Sunday school, and then led their Senior High Youth Ministry for 3 years. Her favorite Bible verse is John 3:16:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only son; whomever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
I know its cliche, but my grandparents had me memorize the verse when I was very young and I have known it ever since then.
For years, Kate dreamed of becoming a family physician, only to be heart broken. However, it seemed God had other plans for her.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about life it’s that this is God’s path, not mine.
While attending school, Kate had started a position working with individuals with disabilities, and her passion for the work began to grow. Later, Kate wanted to climb the ladder within the organization, but once again she realized she was trying to follow her own path rather than God’s path.
But God had a plan for me.
Kate focused again on her passion of wanting individuals to live as independently as possible, and started working with Reach for Resources, Inc., in Hopkins. Reach for Resources provides support and training to individuals and families with cognitive disabilities to maximize their independence, teach them how to use existing resources, and eventually integrate into the larger community. Kate is the executive director of the non-profit organization.
Kate has been married to Dan for almost 15 years. Their children are Danielle (13) and Eddie (11). The family lives in Buffalo, near the south side of Lake Pulaski. Kate enjoys swimming, traveling, spending time with her family and friends, reading, watching movies, and gardening. They attended Church of the Open Door in Maple Grove for many years before finding a church home at Zion three years ago.
We wanted our children to have a solid Christian education where they would know others in the community, make friends, and get involved within the Church.
In 2013, Kate co-chaired the Minnesota Conference on Volunteer Administration, along with Cheryl Thompson, also a member of Zion. The two of them encouraged Zion staff member Sherilyn Burgdorf to attend. Sherilyn then realized that Cheryl and Kate had a knack for organizing volunteers and exclaimed, “I’ve got the perfect job for you two.” And, she did! Kate and Cheryl helped plan Zion’s first SERVE Weekend which was held in April 2014.
Organizing opportunities and schedules, finding volunteers, and seeing it all carried out was fulfilling. I believe that serving others is an important aspect of faith and God calls all of us to serve others. I had wanted to find a purpose at Zion and I’m glad SERVE Weekend has been a part of my path—and God’s path for me.