Greetings! I have been the pastor of KPC since September 2014. I am grateful to have been called to Katonah and to have an opportunity to serve a church that is passionate about making God’s love visible and where all are welcomed as friends in Christ. If you would like to learn more about KPC, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas as the only child of a chemistry professor father and an elementary school teacher mother. I had the inkling of a call to ministry as early as the age of ten, but as a teenager I started questioning many of the doctrinal tenets of the more fundamentalist Christianity I experienced in my home church. After a brief stint in law school, I began rediscovering a call to ministry, and once I found a home in the Presbyterian / Reformed tradition, the sense of being called into full-time pastoral ministry emerged stronger than ever.
From my late parents, both of them teachers, I inherited a passion for education that has carried over into the teaching ministry of the church. I strive to craft sermons that appeal to both the heart and the head, and I enjoy teaching Bible, theology, and church history. I am firm in the belief that “faith is more caught than taught,” and I have sought to facilitate opportunities for people of all ages in the church to work, play, study, pray, sing, eat, and laugh together.
My formal education includes Dartmouth College (B.A. in History); Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia (Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education); and Chicago’s McCormick Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry with a focus on preaching).
Prior to my arrival in Katonah, I served churches in Missouri, Vermont, and Colorado.
I enjoy reading (especially fiction, history, and science), journaling, hiking, cross-country skiing, classic and arthouse films, and spending time with the love of my life, my wife Emma, who keeps me grounded and makes me laugh.
My wife, Emma Edwards Cabaness, has a varied background in the arts, politics, ministry, economics and finance. She was born in Chicago, and raised in Springfield, IL. She has travelled broadly internationally and within the US. She has undergraduate degrees in political science and French, and she studied sculpture for a year and has a master’s degree in international development economics. She has just begun a Master’s degree program in Marriage and Family Therapy through Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. Her hobbies include caring for our two corgis Maude and Seamus, taking nature walks, traveling, photography, competitive and non-competitive cooking, arts and crafts, staying current on new music, laughing, reading world literature and the New Yorker, socializing, volunteering in support of the arts, playing Scrabble, listening to people’s life stories, telling jokes and discovering palindromes.