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she will be overlapping and complementing what Jess and Ben are already doing with community development, leadership, and support. She’ll also help Collective focus even more on intergenerational connections.
Hailing from Memphis, TN, Caitlin grew up with a healthy skepticism of BBQ and the Bible Belt. In her late teens, she connected with a church with an unconditional sense of welcome and authenticity that sparked her journey into untraditional ministry. As an undergraduate at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, Caitlin studied psychology and environmental science. She then received her Master of Divinity from Boston University, where she focused on Religion and Conflict Transformation. During seminary, she got her introduction to Florida summers working with the intergenerational programs at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park. Prior to hiking from Maine to Georgia, Caitlin headed communications for a large Presbyterian congregation in Athens, Georgia.
Her passion for peace work and social justice has taken her to Mexico with Habitat for Humanity, to study conflict in Israel-Palestine, and to Jordan and Turkey working with civil society programs for Syrian refugees. Caitlin has served as a women’s prison chaplain in Mississippi and a court mediator in Massachusetts.
Caitlin loves almost any form of outdoor recreation and is a craft beer/coffee enthusiast. She is a design geek, historical Jesus nerd, and has an embarrassing list of pop culture guilt pleasures, and she can’t wait to get to know you all and to be a part of the DeLand and Collective community.
We are a misfit faith community that gathers in DeLand on Sundays at 5pm. Come as you are.
We value highly the metaphor of journey. We’re different people from different places and backgrounds, representing an intergenerational community, and we’ve traveled different paths. So, we agree not to make assumptions about the person across from us, next to us, or in conversation with us. We challenge ourselves to be sensitive, knowing this community includes a diverse group of people from life-long followers of Jesus, to people who are just now open to the idea that God might exist. We strive to avoid offense, ask good questions, articulate and explain our responses. We don’t assume fluency in bible, spirituality, or Church language, because we believe the message of Jesus is not for Christianity, but for humanity. So, we do everything in the spirit of love and grace.
Paid Professional Childcare Available during Sunday Services
1 - 5 years of age | Childcare
6 - 11 years of age | Collective Kids