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
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. Peter and the apostles have been preaching in Jerusalem, and they have been imprisoned. An angel orchestrates a jailbreak for them. Instead of fleeing, they […]
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 betrayed by his brothers after being marked as his father’s favorite. Joseph’s family is no stranger to dysfunction: His lineage has included deception and stolen […]
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