Mothers Fighting Poverty: Rev. Kathleen Wilder, St. Louis, Missouri

Leading up to Mother’s Day, the NCC Poverty Initiative is sharing a series of stories lifting up, celebrating, and praying for mothers who are fighting poverty and alleviating suffering in their communities.CARES-9

Prayer for Kathleen: God, thank you for expressing your love through Kathleen to hungry and sojourning people of St. Louis. Thank you for filling her heart with love of her neighbor. When times get tough, fill her with your grace and courage. Bless and strengthen her family and her work. In good times and bad, let her life overflow with the deepest joy that only You can give. Amen.

Rev. Kathleen Wilder is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and has pastored Centenary United Methodist Church in St. Louis since 2007. She has cultivated a ministry of caring and courageous people with a strong commitment to serving the city of St. Louis. Centenary church provides a significant part of St. Louis’ plan to end homelessness through The Bridge (formerly CENTENARY CARES), the primary drop-in center for the City of St. Louis. Through The Bridge ministry, the church has served over 200,000 breakfasts, lunches, and dinners seven days a week to homeless and food insecure persons since November 2005, and provides many additional social services as well. Rev Wilder is an outspoken advocate for social justice, and a deeply compassionate and hard working person. She holds up her staff, and is a great collaborator with other ministries in St. Louis. She is the loving mother of three children; Andy, Jesse and Grace.

Recognized by: Dr. Deborah Krause and Dr. Martha Robertson of Eden Theological Seminary

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