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Name: Katy Stenta

Quest: To talk about God in a cool, non condescending way that includes many witticisms and as many nerdy fantasy refs as possible

Favorite Color: Blue and Green (I know, my husband hates that I have 2, but I love the water so…)

If I Entitled My Job it would be: God’s HR rep–I handle staff, complaints, and communication between all parties in and outside the company (of saints), (God is in Operations)

The Real World Calls it: Pastor

Favorite Fairy Tale: Beauty and the Beast (also really love Donkeyskin)

Things I do for fun: Theater, Yoga, draw Disney characters, Board Games: Cataan, Carcassan, Dominion & of course read (mostly fantasy now that I’m busy with children)

Bio: Married for 9yrs, to high school sweetheart from 2000, 3 children, 3 cats and my husband says we are done “No more creatures” for this family, “no more children, cats or wives” Went to Oberlin for undergrad (loved it) hung out with the Christian Ed people at Princeton Seminary,

Interesting Fact: 9/11 happened my first week of college making me just barely a millennial (entire childhood pre-9/11 entire adulthood post 9/11), also I’m a double pastor’s kid but I pretty much existed in the nerdy version of the real world…I have 3 kids and am Christian but am well-ed. intellectual. I lose count of how many “realities” I live between.

What angers me: Preaching hate as the word of God (UGGGGHHHH!)

In my Dream World: I have time to write a fantasy series & do some community theater

Self-Descriptors include (and are not limited to): Exuberant, Leader, Christian, Fantasy-Nerd, Easy-Going, Mom of Three Boys, Straightforward, Extrovert, Extremely Hard Worker, Goal-Oriented, Encourager, All About Family

Favorite Books as a Grade Schooler: Oz, Narnia, The Hobbit, Anne of Green Gables, Little House on the Prairie, Madeline L’Engle Time Quartet

Favorite Book in Jr. High: Robin McKinley, Patricia C. Wrede Tamora Pierce, L’Engle’s Austin series, Gail Carson Levine, Just Ella, Most Rewritten Fairy Tale Novels of that era (Jack Zipes, Jane Yolen, Terri Windling, etc)

High School: J. K. Rowling, Anne Bishop, Dave Duncan, Robert Asprin,

Things I Read Now (in addition to the above list): Hunger Games, Pretties/Uglies/Specials/Extras, Laurie King’s Mary Russell Series, Gail Carriger,

Favorite Pastoral Characters: Shepherd Book from Firefly, Pastor from The Princess Bride….


About katyandtheword

Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant for 7 years, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ. She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible. "Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal. Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one.[66] Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times. "Hallows, not Horcruxes" Harry Potter


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