On June 30th, we bid farewell to Pastor Kristie and the Grimaud Family as she will begin a new appointment July 1st.  The Bishop and Cabinet have announced that it is their intention to appoint Rev. Kate Hunter on July 1, 2020. 

Introducing Pastor Kate                            Pastor Kate

A native of Riverside, California, Pastor Kate Hunter grew up in a small town in Connecticut where she was active in the Nichols UMC and served as an advisor to the youth program.  A career move brought her back to southern California in 1986 where she became an active member of the Escondido UMC working with youth and serving as the unofficial artist-in-residence.  After moving to Riverside, Kate served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult ministries at Riverside First and became an active member of the East District Committee for Ordained Ministry.

Ministry is a third career for Pastor Kate who spent 15 years working in high tech then starting a decorative painting business while raising her daughters.  Pastor Kate has a BA and MA in Counseling Psychology, as well as a Doctorate in Spirituality and Health.  She will complete her M.Div. at Claremont School of Theology in May 2020.  She currently serves as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at The Clinebell Institute in Claremont.

Pastor Kate has two grown daughters, Hannah (26) graduating this year from Royal Holloway University of London with a BA in Liberal Arts, and Sophie (20) a 3rd year Physics major at Coe College in Iowa.

Pastor Kate loves camping, handcrafts, and being part of a close-knit community.