PRETTY PRAIRIE — The Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association will hold its annual business meeting at 2:30 p.m. on March 11 in the First Mennonite Church of Pretty Prairie, 1718 West Pretty Prairie Road, Pretty Prairie. In addition to the business meeting the speaker will be the Rev. Kathryn Goering Reid.

Rev. Kathryn “Kathy” Goering Reid is currently the Executive Director of the Family Abuse Center in Waco, Texas. The Family Abuse Center’s purpose is to eliminate domestic violence and to prevent abuse through education and prevention activities. Kathy came to this position in July 2009. The programs of the Center include a 64 bed emergency shelter, prevention programs working with families with small children, legal advocacy, a supportive living program and a permanent housing program. Kathy has more than thirty years of experience working in the religious community to prevention child abuse and domestic violence.

Kathy is the daughter of Oswald H. and Elaine Wedel Goering. Her grandparents (Edward and Katie Wedel, Henry and Mary Goering) were inspiration and extremely important in the formation of her values and faith. While Kathy’s family was Mennonite, her father moved to Illinois when she was in second grade and the family started attending the local Church of the Brethren. She graduated from Manchester College with a bachelor’s degree in English and taught more than 7 years in the public school system in the Chicago suburbs and in Atlanta, Georgia.

First ordained in Pacific Southwest District of the Church of the Brethren in the late 1980s, Kathy began her ministry as first Director of Christian Education and later as Associate Pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church, Berkeley, California.

In 1990, she was ordained in the Mennonite Church. For 12 years, she was a church planter in Austin, Texas (Austin Mennonite Church). At the same time, she served as the Executive Director of the Texas Homeless Network. The Texas Homeless Network built coalitions across the state and provided resources and technical assistance to homeless service providers.

In 2004, she blended her passion for the caring ministries in the church with her skill in administrative and management work to become the Executive Director of the Association of Brethren Caregivers, Elgin, Illinois, until the 2008 merger of that organization with the General Board of the Church of the Brethren.

For nearly a year, she was Associate General Secretary of Ministry & Program of the Church of the Brethren supervising nearly 100 employees and overseeing a nearly five million dollar budget. The ministries under supervision included: Office of Ministry, Congregational Life, Brethren Service Center, Global Mission Partnership, Brethren Press & Communications and the Caring Ministries.

Kathy is the author of several books including: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: A Religious Education Curriculum for Children Ages 5-8, United Church Press, 1992:

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: A Religious Education Curriculum for Children Ages 9-12, United Church Press, 1989, co-authored with Rev. Marie Fortune; Uncovering Racism, Brethren Press, Co-Authored with Dr. Stephen B. Reid, 1999; Children Together: Broadly Graded Religious Education Curriculum for Children on Issues of Gender, United Church Press, Co-Authored with Ken Hawkley, 2000.

Kathy is married to Dr. Stephen Reid, Professor of Christian Scriptures at George Truett Seminary, Baylor University, Waco, Texas. They have four children living all over the country. They also have five grandchildren.

The SMCHA membership is encouraged to attend and the public is welcome to this annual business meeting. Reservations are not required. Refreshments will be served.