The Very Rev. Kate Moorehead
Denomination: The Episcopal Church (TEC)
Organization: St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, Jacksonville, FL
The Very Reverend Katherine Bingham (Kate) Moorehead is the 10th Dean of St. John's Cathedral
Kate is a native of New Haven, Connecticut and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College, receiving The Sara Caitlin Award for Religious Leadership and graduated cum laude with a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary, receiving the Harris Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership Ability. Kate also was a Carpenter Scholar at Yale School of Divinity from 2003-2004. She is the great-granddaughter of Hiram Bingham III, U.S. Senator from Connecticut and explorer best known for discovering Machu Picchu.
As dean, Kate is the spiritual leader of a congregation with about 1500 members. Attendance at the Cathedral averages about 450 people on Sunday. The Cathedral has recently begun to livestream its Sunday services onto the web where a digital congregation is also growing.
The Cathedral sits in the heart of downtown Jacksonville and Kate is actively involved in ministry to the poor as well as leading efforts to revitalize the urban core. Kate serves as vice president of the Episcopal School of Jacksonville, the Cathedral School Early Learning Center, Cathedral Arts Project, Cathedral Care nursing facility, Cathedral District-Jax and Aging True Community Senior Services, all non-profits birthed from the cathedral.
Kate is author of five seasonal meditation books, Between Two Worlds (2004), Organic God (2006), Get Over Yourself: God's Here (2009), Resurrecting Easter (2013), and I Witness (2017). She also is a contributing author to A Journey with Matthew: The 50 Day Bible Challenge (2014) and Soul Proclamations: Singing the Magnificat with Mary (2015). Her newest book, Healed: How Mary Magdalene Was Made Well, will be published on January 15, 2018 and is a biblical and theological perspective on mental illness.
Kate also authored a three part video series on "Mary Magdalene: Strength and Shame" (2013) that may be accessed by searching Kate Moorehead/Mary Magdalene on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7HFlMmtl44.
The dean has developed a national audience for her books and scholarship within the Episcopal Church. She has presented at Diocesan Conventions, and also at numerous church conferences and workshops within the U.S.
Kate made the keynote presentation, "The Great Divorce: Faith and Mental Health Today," at the Faith and Mental Health conference offered by Baptist Hospital in Jacksonville. This presentation may be accessed through the dean's blog. http://motherkate.blogspot.com/2015/09/the-great-divorce-faith-and-mental.html
Dean Kate's presence within the Episcopal community has given St. John's Cathedral the opportunity to attract nationally known religious and inspirational speakers, including Bishop N.T. Wright, John Dominic Crossan, Phyllis Tickle, Robert Lupton, Dr. Mary Neal, Dr. Philip Jenkins, and Rev. Christopher Martin.
The dean has been interviewed often in the local media, including newspapers, radio and television. Kate also has an emerging social media presence with approximately 2,171 Facebook followers and 800 views on her YouTube videos. Dean Kate also has her personal blog, www.kateonthebridges.com.
Kate and her husband James (J.D.) have three sons-Luke, Jake and Max. They also recently have taken in another young man to live with them, Demaj.
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Tuesday March 22, 2022
In her sermon on Luke 15, Dean Kate Moorehead says sometimes people wander so far away from God that they forget how precious they are. But from the moment they try to return home, the Father runs to them. Runs and runs, screaming and crying and singing and dancing and loving beyond love.
Tuesday December 22, 2020
In her sermon for the 1st Sunday after Christmas, Dean Kate Moorehead notes that when God said, “let there be light,” God spoke us into being. We are God’s communication, God’s joy, God’s dance. Just as Jesus is the Word, the Logos, we too are God’s messenger, God’s very message.
Tuesday December 15, 2020
The Very Rev. Kate Moorehead says that when the angel Gabriel announces God’s invitation to Mary, Mary steps aside for God’s will in her life. She bows before the glory of God. It is often the smallest acts of surrender, when we give up control rather than try to take it, that we allow God to enter the world in the most powerful ways.
Tuesday April 03, 2018
In her sermon for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, Dean Kate Moorehead says Jesus told his hiding disciples, "Peace be with you." But what does that mean... and can we claim it today?
Tuesday February 20, 2018
In her sermon for the 2nd Sunday in Lent, Dean Kate Moorehead says Jesus offers another model for devotion: give your life away, hand it over to God, lose yourself and you will find yourself. Take up your cross and in following Christ you will find out who you really are, you said. This is hard to do...