Kristen Ostendorf

Kristen Ostendorf is in her second year at General Theological Seminary, working on her Master’s of Divinity. She is a postulant for holy orders in the Diocese of Pennsylvania. She has worked as an educator, primarily as a high school history teacher, for about 15 years, and a newspaper reporter and copy editor before that. Born in St. Louis, Kristen came to the East Coast to follow her career in journalism after she graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with dual degrees in journalism and sociology. She earned her master’s degree in social studies education from Rutgers University in 2004 and has taught in a variety of environments. Most recently, she taught American and global history at a local Quaker school. She is based in the Philadelphia area, where she is raising her two daughters, Abigail and Tessa.

Kristen has been active in a variety of ministries at her home church, and she has engaged in anti-racism work, facilitating workshops for the diocese, her church, educators and the wider community on the topic of white privilege. Kristen has engaged in ministry with the most vulnerable in Philadelphia, most recently working with people who are unsheltered and suffering from substance abuse as part of a mendicant outreach effort. When not studying, Kristen is a part-time educational consultant. She enjoys time with her girls, reading, running, walking, and hiking. Kristen looks for ways to lean into silence in the busyness of life.

Sermons and Bible Studies

Bible Study: Christ the King (C) – 2022

November 20, 2022

[RCL] Jeremiah 23:1-6; Canticle 16; Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43 Jeremiah 23:1-6 The prophet Jeremiah was no stranger to hard times. He was a pariah in his community, thanks to his […]

Bible Study: All Saints’ Day (C) – 2022

November 06, 2022

[RCL] Daniel 7:1-3,15-18; Psalm 149; Ephesians 1:11-23; Luke 6:20-31 Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18 Texts like this are confusing: We are dropped into an ancient conversation without a lot of context. In […]

Bible Study: Easter 2 (C) – 2022

April 24, 2022

RCL: Acts 5:27-32; Psalm 118:14-29 or Psalm 150; Revelation 1:4-8; John 20:19-31 Acts 5:27-32 This snippet of the Acts of the Apostles comes in the middle of an exciting story. […]

Bible Study: Epiphany 7 (C) – 2022

February 20, 2022

RCL: Genesis 45:3-11, 15; Psalm 37:1-12, 41-42; 1 Corinthians 15:35-38,42-50; Luke 6:27-38 Genesis 45: 3-11, 15 This passage marks the climax of the Joseph story. In Genesis, Joseph has been […]

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