Rev. Kaitlyn Bowie Hankins

Rev. Kaitlyn Bowie Hankins spent the first twenty-two years of her life in the Midwest (Wisconsin, Illinois, & Iowa). Those years were spent with her immediate and extended family and also included her church family at the local Baptist “Brick” Church where she encountered Christ for the first time and began her journey of discipleship. Following completion of her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, she moved to Houston and taught 3rd grade/ESL in Aldine ISD, on the north side of the city for four years. During her summers, Kaitlyn volunteered with the college ministry at the United Methodist church she belonged to in The Woodlands and experienced an overwhelming call into ministry that had begun in high school. Following God, she moved to North Carolina to attend Duke Divinity School, where she worked with Duke’s Residence Life department and completed a Prison Studies Certificate alongside of her seminary education.

Following graduation, Kaitlyn returned to Houston and was appointed to serve at First UMC in June of 2014. After serving for two years she was ordained as an elder in May 2016 and is serving as Lead Pastor for The Source, the contemporary worshipping community at First Methodist. Kaitlyn feels called to develop a community of deep discipleship where people are able to come as they are to connect with one another and to grow more deeply connected to Christ. The Source is a community that seeks to provide this safe place for connection and also functions as the launch pad that helps people live out their God-created purpose to worship, serve the community they’re called to, and to share the love of Christ with the city of Houston.

Kaitlyn is blessed to share this life and ministry with her husband Thomas Hankins, who works as a Project Manager at Texas Children’s Pediatrics here in Houston.

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