Kit Novotny has been smitten with the First Church Berkeley community since she arrived in 2015. Kit loves this wild and wondrous calling, one that lets her bring ancient stories alive in new ways, bless babies, hug grandparents, stand up for justice, and see the face of God again and again over cups of coffee and tea. In her role on the ministry team, she nurtures and dreams up ministry with fellow young adults (ages 18-35-ish), along with the many other adventures of church life: preaching, teaching, praying, pastoral care with all ages, supporting the Ministry of Care, Fellowship and Invitation (party planning + evangelism + being the village for those in need), protesting, ripping open large loaves of bread, and the occasional raucous dance party. She is grateful that this community encourages people to bring their whole selves, and embraces her many out-there ideas, from a Brave flash mob to a parody video of Rihanna's "Work" called "Church." She also represents FCCB as a board member of BOCA (Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action).
A lifelong member of the United Church of Christ, Kit studied theater and anthropology at the University of Chicago, received her Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, and was ordained in her home church in Wellesley Hills, MA in 2013. She came to Berkeley from Plymouth UCC in Des Moines, Iowa, where she served as an Associate Minister through the Lilly Endowment's Transition-into-Ministry pastoral residency program.
Kit is honored to be a participant in the United Church of Christ’s Next Generation Leadership Initiative (NGLI), a program for young clergy in the UCC who have been identified as promising leaders in co-creating “the Church of the Future.”
Kit lives in Albany, CA with her husband Nate Klug, a poet and UCC pastor at First Church Redwood City, and their dog, Inky. When she's not at church, Kit can be found performing improv comedy with the Berkeley Players, practicing or teaching yoga, exploring beautiful Northern California, reading, cooking, or teaching herself ukulele.
Kit hosts weekly office hours open to the community, held at different cafes (and occasional pubs) around the Bay Area. For this week's time/location, check the First Church google calendar! ~ "I would love to treat you to a cup of coffee (or tea) and hear your story!"