Faculty Profile

Katherine Douglass

Katherine Douglass

Associate Professor of Educational Ministry and Practical Theology

Email: douglassk@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2997
Office: Alexander & Adelaide Hall 412

Education: BA, Grove City College, 2003; MDiv and MA, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2007; PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2013

Katie Douglass is an ordained minister in the PC(USA) and served, with her husband John, at the American Protestant Church: An International Congregation, in Bonn, Germany before returning to doctoral studies. 

Since 2013, Dr. Douglass has directed The Confirmation Project, a $1.1 million grant from the Lily Endowment Inc., that researches confirmation and equivalent practices that form disciples of Jesus Christ in five denominations (PC(USA), UMC, Episcopal, AME, and ELCA) through a national survey of youth, parents, and ministry leaders, as well as congregational visits. The findings from this research and related events are available at www.theconfirmationproject.com.  

In addition to this research on Christian rites of passage, Dr. Douglass has taught courses on spirituality, the arts and Christian formation, Biblical literacy, and culturally responsive pedagogies as adjunct faculty at Princeton Theological Seminary and Seattle Pacific University. 

With their three boys, George, Paul, and Will, Dr. Douglass and her husband enjoy exploring Washington's national and state parks in tents, on skis, with ice axes, and by climbing up the rock faces they encounter.

For more information, please view Dr. Douglass' CV (PDF).


Creative in the Image of God: An Aesthetic Practical Theology of Young Adult Faith

Cascade Books, 2020

Cultivating Teen Faith: Insights from the Confirmation Project

Eerdmanns, 2018

What are churches doing to form the faith of their young people? Many church denominations that practice infant baptism offer confirmation or an equivalent ministry when children reach adolescence and enter a new phase of spiritual growth—but all churches, regardless of tradition, wrestle with how to get young adults to actively join the church. What really works?

In this book twelve authors draw on a three-year study of more than three thousand US congregations across five denominations—United Methodist Church, African Methodist Episcopal Church, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and Presbyterian Church (USA)—to answer this pressing question. They tell stories of excellent and innovative confirmation programs that work and that show, above all, what good discipleship with young people looks like. Youth pastors, church leaders, and parents alike will benefit from the practices and new ways of teaching presented here that have proven helpful in forming and enhancing the faith of youth.