Pastor Cathie, a native Southern Californian who earned her Bachelors Degree in Social Work, began her career working with at-risk youth in the Los Angeles foster care and probation systems. It was a tenure that lasted 14 years which she considers as her secular ministry.
Yet, as a lifelong Methodist who believed she had more to give, she attained her Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education degrees at Princeton Theological Seminary. During that time, she served the Princeton United Methodist Church as Director of Christian Education, and upon graduating, as Pastor of Congregational Care at Chambers United Methodist Church in Trenton, NJ.
Returning to Southern California, Rev. Cathie served the last four years as Lead Pastor at Ojai United Methodist Church where she also led the Preschool Chapel Services, Disciple Bible Study and Prayers Services, and performed in the choral and hand-bell choirs.
Pastor Cathie brings with her a passion for planning worship, preaching from Scripture, teaching, creating avenues to engage in spiritual disciplines, engaging in thoughtful dialogue, and ministering to the needs of the congregation and community throughout the week. She enjoys running, hiking, Zumba, traveling, being near water, cooking, and spending time with friends, family, and her dog Shaggy.