An historic peace church in the heart of Elgin


Pastor Katie Shaw Thompson

Pastor Katie was called to the Highland Avenue congregation in late 2015, drawn by this congregation's yearning to re-imagine worship and expand community engagement, as well as its historical commitment to social justice as a faithful response to the call of Jesus Christ. 

Having earned a Bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing from Lycoming College in Williampsort, PA in 2007, Pastor Katie went on to complete her Masters of Divinity in 2012 at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, IN, with a Peace Emphasis and Distinction in Ministry Studies. That same year, she was ordained at the Ivester Church of the Brethren in Grundy Center, IA, where she served as a pastor for three years.

In 2017 Pastor Katie received her certificate from Vanderbilt Divinity School's David G. Buttrick Program to serve as a Homiletic Peer Coach for groups of preachers. Connecting the stories of our lives to God's story in preaching, as well as empowering others’ voices in preaching, are important pieces of Pastor Katie's personal call to ministry. 

With her spouse, Parker, Katie parents two young children and lives in one of Elgin's historic districts, where she enjoys commuting by bike, learning Spanish, and practicing yoga.