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Kimberly Elliot in the pulpit

[ videos of Kimberly's sermon ]




Kimberly Elliot during Time with the Children





Kimberly Elliot with the Pastor Nominating Committee




Pastor Kimberly Elliot

Members of the Presbyterian Church in Chinatown voted on March 21, 2010 to accept Rev. Kimberly Elliot as co-pastor to our church with primary duties toward the English ministry

Rev. Elliot is no stranger to our church and you may have met her at a Presbytery meeting, the Labor Day retreat in 2008, or the Memorial Day family retreat at Westminster Woods in 2009.   She also designed and led the healing worship service at Cameron House in 2006 as part of the Healing Task Force.  She graduated from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1994 and has been leading worship as a solo pastor for well over 8 years. She brings her background as a trained interim pastor, youth director, and spiritual director as several of her many tools to ministry.

Rev. Elliot has a real heart for pastoral care and has the unique ability to connect to all age groups.  She values ministry to seniors and enjoys home and hospital visitation.  She loves listening to the fresh perspectives of youth, teen and young adults and mentoring them through the unique up and downs that accompany those years.  She leads engaging and deeply spiritual worship services that can help energize and grow our congregation.

As a passionate preacher and teacher, she is also committed to social justice ministry, outreach and mission.  In her current church, they have collaborated with the Interfaith Hospitality Network providing food and housing to homeless families in churches along with participating in peace rallies.  She has been instrumental in revitalizing their youth program, integrating youth into worship, and hiring a new music director.  She is praised as a collaborative leader fitting our church’s structure of strong lay leadership.  She also is a frequent speaker at conferences and retreats, most recently serving as the keynote speaker for the UCC Women’s Network Retreat.

Rev. Elliot grew up in Washington State where her mother still resides.  She has four siblings with whom she is very close and four nieces and nephews who fill her with joy and laughter. She has a background in liturgical dance, plays the trumpet and djembae (African) drum, and loves to sing. She encounters the Spirit of God most profoundly in nature and loves to go hiking. She skis, swims and enjoys baking culinary treats in her kitchen.

And like many of us in the Presbyterian Church in Chinatown, she has a passion for the color purple.