Kathy began her ministry at Rumple in March 2017. Kathy has an undergraduate degree from Davidson College, and a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Union Presbyterian Seminary. Prior to coming to Rumple, Kathy has served as an associate pastor for educational ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, NC; co-pastor of the Faison Presbyterian Church; and associate pastor at the Davidson College Church. She began ordained ministry also at First Presbyterian Church of Wilmington as an associate for youth and their families. She was ordained as a pastor by Coastal Carolina Presbytery in the fall of 1997.
Kathy is married to Lance Perry, who is also an ordained pastor serving churches as an intentional interim minister, moving to a new church every 12 to 18 months. Together they have five children: Janie still lives at home and is an active part of the Rumple family. Caroline and Ryan are both in college. Lauren lives and works in Raleigh. Justin and his wife Becky live and work in suburban Charlotte.
Kathy loves the outdoors, good food, and spending time with her family.
A Message From Our Pastor Kathy Beach
What do you like most about winter in the high country?
“That is a tough one as there are many challenges with winter in the High Country. I do love the beauty of newly fallen snow—especially a big snow. Now, shoveling that snow is another story!”
What is your Favorite Candy?
“My favorite candy is banana Laffy Taffy, but anything cinnamon is a close second.”
Why did you choose Rumple?
“I was drawn to Rumple because of the church’s commitment both to mission and education. I felt a connection with the Pastor Nominating Committee when I came for my in-person interview and that then carried over to the congregation as I got to know more folks here. I appreciate the willingness of so many members to get involved and use their gifts and talents to help Rumple live into our cornerstones, care for each other, and be a beacon of hope and light in the High Country. I love the people at Rumple and the way that we care for one another and for our neighbors.”