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COLIN KERR

Director of Campus and Young Adult Ministry 

Colin studied political science and philosophy at Westminster College before serving as the Director of Christian Education for five years at the Second Presbyterian Church in downtown Charleston. He is author of three books and has also been a contributor in the Charleston Post and Courier, Presbymergent, Patheos, and Relevant Magazine. If you cannot find Colin in Kudu Coffee, your next best bet is anywhere where there is beach volleyball and surfing. He’s married to a very feisty nurse named Alexis and is currently a seminarian at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.

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ELENA LAYTON

Director of Women’s Ministry and 1001 New Worshiping Communities Ministry Resident 

Elena served on her first mission trip to the Dominican Republic as a junior in high school. Elena credits this trip for sparking her passion for missions. After graduating from Stockton University where she majored in Social Work, Elena pursued her Master’s Degree at Widener University. During her last semester at Widener, Elena was diagnosed with Leukemia. This was pivotal time for Elena’s faith as she experienced God’s unwavering presence during her two years of chemo-therapy. Once in remission, Elena entered the social work field as an addiction counselor at a methadone clinic. Elena has finished her Master’s Degree, has become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, as well as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. However, God began to place a burden on Elena’s heart to serve in ministry. God has taken Elena on this wild, amazing journey from attending a semester long Discipleship Program in the Adirondack Mountains to serving 4 months the Dominican Republic. Now she will be serving as the ministry resident with Journey in conjunction with the 1001 New Worshiping Communities.

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KATE ELDEAN

Women’s Counselor 

Kate studied psychology & health and humanities at Michigan State University and then went on to receive a Master’s degree in clinical psychology at Antioch university in LA. As a licensed Marriage & Family therapist she has over 16 years of experience in helping people transform their lives and relationships.   Kate’s work has allowed her to cultivate her clinical skills and versatility in the areas of abuse and trauma recovery, addiction and dual-diagnosis, women’s issues, depression, anxiety, mood disorders and blended families or those going through divorce. Kate is significantly connected to her church community and does a wide-array of volunteer and community work. Kate will continue to pour her passion and vision into seeing women of all ages be restored, renewed and empowered to live out their God-given calling and potential. She also integrates Biblical principles into her work where appropriate and strives for a holistic model of soul care with a focused sensitivity to spirituality. Kate has been co-authoring a book series called Gracie Brave for the last year while on a brief Sabbatical and is excited to help debunk many of the stigmas around mental illness and clinical depression. In her spare time, Kate enjoys running with her therapy dog, mixed media art, expressive arts, surfing, travel, embracing other cultures and cuisines and cross-cultural missionary work in Africa and abroad.

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