The Rev. Katharine Flexer began her ministry as rector of St Michael’s in December of 2014. She came to St Michael’s after four years as Rector of the Episcopal Church in Almaden, in San Jose, California. Previous to this, Kate was Associate Rector here at St Michael’s from 2005 through 2010, and earlier served in positions at St Clement’s in Berkeley, St Aidan’s in San Francisco, and at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP).
Kate believes strongly in leading people and congregations to grow in their experiences of God and relationships with one another. Church is a place where people of all generations and all walks of life come together, and Kate believes that there people’s lives and hearts can be changed through real faith in the God revealed in Jesus. Kate focuses on strengthening bonds between people and between the church and its community, preaching sermons and building ministries that guide people into deeper and more thoughtful engagement with God in the world.
Kate was ordained to the priesthood in 2000 from the Diocese of Olympia, and is a native of Bellevue, Washington, near Seattle. She attended seminary at CDSP in Berkeley, California, and took part in a postgraduate study exchange at Ripon College Cuddesdon in Oxford. Kate did her undergraduate work at Whitman College (B.A. in Politics) with a year abroad in Strasbourg, France. Kate and her husband, Jim Hinch, a journalist and editor at Guideposts magazine, are the parents of two children, Frances and Benjamin. Kate and Jim are co-leaders together of the Family Camp in the Diocese of California.
Kate is a runner, and has run several marathons and ultramarathons. She and her family enjoy backpacking and exploring the outdoors, and Kate has climbed many of the Cascade peaks. Now Kate and her husband and kids explore the wilderness of New York City, and are beginning to venture into the Eastern outdoors.