Kathryn ("Kate") Matthews Huey was born and raised in a large family (the middle of nine children) in Canton, Ohio, by a Roman Catholic mother and Presbyterian father.
siblings were immersed in the family business (veterinary pharmaceuticals), Kate
concentrated on liberal arts studies, and graduated with a B.A. in European history from Walsh University
. During her years of raising children and active church involvement in her Roman Catholic parish, she completed her M.A. in theology from John Carroll University in Cleveland.For five years, she taught courses at John Carroll and at Notre Dame College of Cleveland, specializing in theology and ethics (including feminist theology). After joining the United Church of Christ, she completed her Master of Divinity program at Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky in 1998.During her studies, Kate served two years as a seminary intern, first with Liberation UCC and then with the American Missionary Association of the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries, where she worked in Health Ministries.After serving as sabbatical Interim Pastor at South Haven United Church of Christ in Bedford, Ohio, during the summer after her graduation, Kate was ordained as Associate Pastor of Pilgrim Congregational UCC in Cleveland. In July 2000, she joined the staff of the national offices of the United Church of Christ as Minister for Public Life (now Minister for Covenantal Stewardship) with the Stewardship and Church Finances Ministry Team of Local Church Ministries.
As a member of the Stewardship Team, Kate travels around the country, preaching and teaching about inspiring generosity in our individual lives and in the life of the church as well.She
writes the preaching commentary, Sermon Seeds, for the United Church of Christ
website, ucc.org, and the Weekly Seeds for seekers on uccvitality.org as well.Part of her
work involves leading tours of the national offices, where she
tells the story of the many ministries carried on by the wider church at the Church House
in Cleveland.Since Kate came to Pilgrim Church in 1996, first as a member and then as a pastor, she has been fully engaged in the vital, dynamic urban ministry of a revitalizing congregation of the United Church of Christ, working in all areas of the church's life, including worship, preaching, justice advocacy, pastoral care, stewardship, evangelism, community service, and educational ministry.Now, in addition to her full-time work on the national staff of the United Church of Christ, she continues to serve Pilgrim Church on a part-time basis as Pastor for Spiritual Life, leading a communion service and Bible study each Thursday evening, preaching and leading worship regularly on Sunday morning, leading adult study programs, and providing pastoral leadership for the Stewardship Committee. One of Kate's most rewarding ministries has been creating and leading the Pilgrim Church Bridging Group, which provides a pastoral setting in which those who are coming from the Roman Catholic tradition can find a place of support as they make the transition to Protestantism. (The Bridging Group model is now being adopted in a number of churches across the UCC.) Kate also provided the pastoral leadership for the two-year process of planning and presenting a highly successful lecture series by noted theologian and Jesus scholar, Marcus Borg, at Pilgrim Church in June 2006.
and her partner, Jackie Cassara, resided in Cleveland Heights before building a new home in the Mill Creek Development in the City of Cleveland.