Rev. Katie McKay Simpson is a native of Baton Rouge, LA and serves as Senior Pastor of University United Methodist Church in Lake Charles, LA. She is a graduate with a B.A. in Religious Studies and Sociology from Centenary College of Louisiana and received her Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. She was ordained as an elder in full connection to the Louisiana Conference in 2010, and has had 15 years of experience working on church staffs in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Illinois—ten of those being in a pastoral role as an Associate or Executive Pastor.
Katie has a great passion for preaching and outreach to “de-churched” populations. Because of that passion, she was given the opportunity to start America Street—the first alternative worship service in First UMC, Baton Rouge’s 180-year history in August of 2013. Katie’s experience of starting new ministries, along with her experience in staff development, creating a stewardship culture in the congregation, and creating sustainable systems for hospitality are all resources she brings to the work of leading a congregation into its preferred future. She is excited and humbled to lead the strong tradition of faithful Christian ministry that University United Methodist Church has tended over its history in the city of Lake Charles.
Katie is married to Taylor Simpson, a native of Shreveport, LA, and graduate with a B.S. and Masters in Biomedical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University. He is presently employed as the Technical Architect at the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum in Baton Rouge. Together, they love to cook, travel and see live theater and music together. Those opportunities, however, are few these days because they often are found chasing around two children who make their life together rich and full of love—a daughter, Eva (4), and a son, Jack (2).