Katherine Lewis

The Very Rev. Katherine Lewis

The Very Rev. Katherine Lewis has been the rector of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Minnetonka Minnesota since 2009.  She first moved to Minnesota in 1998 to answer a call to serve as Canon Missioner at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Minneapolis. Prior to coming to Minnesota, Katherine served as priest in charge at Trinity Church, Bellaire, a small town in eastern, Appalachian Ohio.  She was sponsored for ordination by St. Stephen’s, Columbus in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.

Before ordination, Katherine worked as a community organizer at a Roman Catholic based social justice organization in Washington, DC and for a women’s reproductive rights organization in Columbus, Ohio.  Her community organizing skills helped form her identity as a leader in the church, both within the congregation and in the larger world.

As rector, she works to equip members of the congregation to love God and love one another by practicing servant leadership and radical hospitality. One of her passions is to help others discern their giftedness, sense of call and purpose, and to work with groups to identify how complementary gifts can be used, together, in service to others.  She is committed to sharing authority and leadership with others.  She seeks to create ways of worshipping that are innovative and meaningful.

Katherine claims the Seward neighborhood in Minneapolis as home and loves life in the city.  She balances drive and hard work with a love of play. “ Katherine has two adult children, son Jesse and daughter Eva. She was born in Alexandria, Virginia and grew up primarily in Charleston, West Virginia. She earned a B.A. from Denison University in Granville, Ohio and an M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia.

Katherine is dean of the West and Central Regions of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota.  As such, she extends the bishop’s hospitality, vision, and support to clergy and congregations, convenes regular gatherings of clergy, helps lead Mission Area Gatherings, and provides pastoral and other support to faith communities around conflict, leadership development, congregational vitality, and transition, as needed and requested.