Rev. Katherine Rick-Miller was raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She is a child of the First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa, where she was confirmed, went on her first mission trip and discovered the Montreat Youth Conference. Katherine received a degree in Psychology from Wake Forest University in 1997. While studying at Wake Forest, she became more interested in international mission and justice work and traveled to India with a group of students to work with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity. Upon return Katherine sensed a strong call to parish ministry. Before starting her seminary education at Princeton Theological Seminary, she spent one year studying at Trinity Theological Seminary in Ghana, West Africa on a Rotary Scholarship.
While studying at Princeton, Katherine served as a seminary intern at the McCracken Memorial Presbyterian Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland. While there, she was married to her husband, Andrew Rick-Miller, who served as a post-seminary intern at Groomsport Presbyterian Church in Northern Ireland. After Katherine graduated from seminary in 2002, the couple moved to Philadelphia for Drew to pursue a career in religion and science. Drew currently serves as the Director of Religious Engagement at the John Templeton Foundation.
Katherine has served as the pastor of the East Falls Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since 2004. Before that she served as the Faith-based coordinator of the Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger’s Food Stamp Outreach Campaign. During that time she also served as the pastor of the Beacon Presbyterian Church in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Katherine was ordained by the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley at the First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa on October 5, 2003.
Katherine and Drew have three joyful and adventuresome daughters – Ruth (9), Margaret (6) and Emma Kate (9 months). They love to read, hike, swim, garden and cook together. They also love church, school, the beach, and Montreat.