Kaitlyn Bowie

Lead Pastor of Contemporary Worship

Rev. Kaitlyn Bowie


Kaitlyn spent the first twenty-two years of her life in the Midwest (Wisconsin, Illinois, & Iowa). Those years were spent with her immediate and extended family and also included her church family at the local Baptist “Brick” Church where she encountered Christ for the first time and began her journey of discipleship. Following completion of her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, she moved to Houston and taught 3rd grade/ESL in Aldine ISD, on the north side of the city for four years. During her summers, Kaitlyn volunteered with the college ministry at the United Methodist church she belonged to in The Woodlands and experienced an overwhelming call into ministry that had begun in high school.

Following God, she moved to North Carolina to attend Duke Divinity School where she completed her theological education while serving as a Graduate Resident to freshmen students. She returned to Houston in 2014, and after being commissioned as an Elder in the United Methodist Church she was appointed to serve at First UMC.  Kaitlyn specifically serves as Lead Pastor for the contemporary worshiping communities. Her experience with diverse communities through public education, mission projects, and college student development, will serve her well in her role of pastoring, teaching, and reaching out to the incredible city of Houston.  Kaitlyn shares this adventure with her husband Thomas Hankins