Cathy became the Columbia District Superintendent and Secretary to the Cabinet in June 2014. She is a graduate of Furman University (BA), Candler School of Theology (MDiv) and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (D.Min). Cathy served Shiloh UMC (Marion), Chaplain at Columbia College, Associate Pastor at Trenholm Road UMC, and 13 years as Senior Pastor at Trinity UMC, Blythewood. She led Trinity to reach 878 new members, build a Habitat house, establish Christian Assistance Bridge (a non-profit helping agency), and start a counseling center. Cathy has a passion for evangelism, community engagement, preaching, and worship. She also has a deep commitment to clergy health and self-care. Cathy has completed Conflict Mediation through the Lombard Institute, completed Diversity Leaders training through the Furman University Riley Institute, and is currently enrolled in clergy coach training with Pinnacle Leadership Associates. She was a founding Board member and secretary of Marion County Habitat for Humanity, and served as President of the Central S.C. Habitat for Humanity. She served on the Cooperative Ministry Board, Columbia College Board of Visitors, Candler School of Theology Alumni Board, and 8 years as Chair of the S.C. Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry. The joy of her life is her daughter, Hannah, who is married and works as a School Counselor. Cathy’s hobbies include poetry, yoga, swimming and riding her horses.