Kathleen Kelly

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Interim Rector
(760) 346-2697, ext. 106

With expertise in good process and conflict resolution, Kathleen serves as Lead Pastor while St. Margaret’s begins a time of transition toward the call of a new Rector. Initially an employment lawyer in San Francisco, Pastor Kathleen became an arbitrator and mediator resolving both workplace and public policy issues for 30 years. As a full-time faculty member at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, she taught an array of courses related to dispute resolution and also served as Academic Dean, leading a program with 1200 students and coordinating the work of over 50 faculty members.

Pastor Kathleen was ordained in 2005, having attended seminary at Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley. She served as Canon Evangelist at Trinity Cathedral in Sacramento, where she refined programs for newcomer incorporation, supported a robust Stephen Ministry program training 8-10 new lay ministers each year, and started a sacred yet casual Saturday service. Joining the Diocese of San Diego in 2010, Pastor Kathleen served as Rector of Good Shepherd, Hemet, where the congregation achieved financial sustainability and discerned new ways of connection with its neighborhood, including an after-school program bringing the Gospel to young hearts.

With a life-long connection to the Coachella Valley (having grown up in Palm Springs), Pastor Kathleen ran for Palm Desert City Council in 2016 and is entering her third year of service. Her assignments include service chairing the Board for SunLine Transit. Kathleen Received her B.A. from Yale University and her law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law, U.C. Berkeley.


Last updated: April 21, 2019 at 19:34 pm