Pastor Catie Coots believes the church can be, and should be, the beloved community filled with joy, love and grace, an inclusive church, welcoming all. She grew up here in Southern California, the daughter of a pastor. She was active in United Methodist youth programs and camps, where she heard her call to Ordained Ministry. Catie graduated from Scripps College with a BA in Music and Religion, with an emphasis in American History. She attended Yale Divinity School, and graduated from Claremont School of Theology with her Masters of Divinity. She has served a variety of churches in Southern California, most recently Pacific Palisades, and had the privilege of serving as a District Superintendent. She is the mother of 2 grown sons. She loves music, almost all kinds and in all ways: listening, singing, dancing. She believes preaching should be relevant to our daily lives, and takes great joy in showing how the sacred is present in secular books, movies and music.