Meet Our Student Pastor

 Pastor Kerry Dowdy

Kerry was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in the Valencia area. She graduated from Mars Area High School. Kerry was baptized, first communion, and confirmed at St. Thomas in the Fields Episcopal Church in Gibsonia. Her family moved to Connoquenessing Woodlands and Kerry moved to East Butler in the fall of 2006 and has lived there since. She renewed her faith at East Butler Presbyterian Church in 2009 and joined the church shortly afterwards.

DOWDY-Pastor Kerry and Brian

 

East Butler Presbyterian’s pastor, Rev. Dr. Mary Kitchen, has been an integral part of Kerry’s call to ministry with her encouragement. Rev. Mary inspired Kerry to be more involved with the church by asking her ‘would you like to be an elder?’ Rev. Mary also asked Kerry if she would like to become a youth leader, participate in the Missional Church Partnership program, and lead children’s time during worship. Kerry responded yes to each of these inquiries. Kerry’s call toward pastoral ministry is one following many gradual little steps by the Holy Spirit spanning several years. Kerry has been attending Pittsburgh Theological Seminary working toward a Master’s in Divinity degree as a part time evening student.

 

Education

  • Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity (2023)
  • Slippery Rock University, Master of Science-Accounting
  • Slippery Rock University, Bachelor of Science-Finance
  • Butler County Community College, Associate of Science-Accounting 

Public/Private Life

 

Kerry works full time as the Administrative Assistant for the City of Butler. Kerry enjoys reading and cooking. In addition, her favorite pastime is about anything outdoors: hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, bird watching, etc. She is married to Brian and they have celebrated their 5th anniversary. Kerry has four adult children through marriage: Amanda, Mathew, Brian Jr., and Mickale. Brian and Kerry enjoy spending time with the grandchildren: Hunter, Payton, Baylee, and Racer.


DOWDY-Pastor Kerry puppies Kerry loves animals and has two dogs (Sadie-cocker spaniel and Bodhi-west highland white terrier), four cats (Bill the Cat, Shelby, Sugar, and Earl Grey), and one chinchilla (Biscoe). Kerry competes with Sadie in Rally Obedience and Fast CAT and is hoping Bodhi will compete in the future. It is a fun, bonding experience for the handler and dog.

 

Kerry is excited about her Field Education opportunity at Valencia Presbyterian Church. She hopes to learn and grow in her faith while continuing her call to ministry discernment. She would like to bring her gifts of children/youth ministry to her Field Education position as well as acquire more pastoral experience. We pray and ask for God’s spiritual direction and wisdom to all those involved in Kerry’s field education at Valencia Presbyterian Church.


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