Kit Novotny

Young Adult Minister

Kit Novotny loves the many adventures of church life: preaching, teaching, prayer, pastoral care with all ages, standing up for justice, ripping open loaves of bread, and the occasional raucous dance party. She is grateful that this congregation 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."

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 in 2015 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 is also a certified 200-hr Yoga teacher and has completed 40 hours of training in Trauma Sensitive Yoga with the Trauma Center Yoga Program at the Justice Resource Institute.

Kit lives in Albany, CA with her husband Nate Klug (a poet and UCC pastor), their baby daughter, and their terrier. When she's not at church, Kit can be found hanging with her family, performing improv comedy with the Berkeley Players, practicing yoga, reading, or teaching herself ukulele. You can find her on Facebook & Instagram (@kitnovo).

She hosts office hours open to the community (every other week) in local cafes. For this week's time/location, check the First Church google calendar! ~ "I would love to treat you to a cup of coffee/tea and hear your story and how God is moving in your life!"