The Rev. Dr. John L. Kater

Professor Emeritus of Ministry Development

B.A., Columbia College
M.Div., The General Theological Seminary
Ph.D., McGill University

A native of Virginia, he served as assistant minister and later as rector at Christ Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and also taught for ten years as a visiting professor at Vassar College.  From 1984 to 1990 he served as education officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Panama and priest-in-charge of Iglesia San Francisco de Asís in Panama City.  He Joined the faculty of CDSP in 1990.  Since "official" retirement in 2007, he teaches at CDSP and The School for Deacons in the fall term and at Ming Hua Theological College, Hong Kong in the Spring.

Mission Statement
I am fascinated by how the "Anglican Way" challenges us to serve God's reign by honoring our tradition but expressing our faith in the context in which we live.

Courses Taught

Christian Ethics in the Anglican Tradition
Anglican Tradition and Life 

In Class

Lots of lecturing, lots of small- and large-group discussions

Selected Publications

Jesus My Mentor:  A Spirituality for Living, (St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2004)

“Spiritual Formation for Ministry in the Context of the Anglican Church of Hong Kong,” Reflective Practice, forthcoming

"Latin American Anglicanism in the Twentieth Century," Oxford History of Anglicanism, forthcoming

“The Religious Sources of American Imperialism,” Madang, Journal of Contextual Theology in East Asia, Vol. 9 (October 2009)

“Anglicanism Past and Future: Myths, Dreams and Realities,” Anglican Theological Review, Vol. 90, No. 1 (Winter 2008)

Speaker's Bureau Topic
  • The Anglican Communion
  • Global Anglicanism
  • Latin American Anglicanism 
  • Anglicanism in East Asia 
Some Less Obvious Things About Me

I enjoy driving across the country almost every summer.  In the last ten years I have taught and/or lectured in Panama, Costa Rica, Brazil, Mexico, the Phillippines, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and the U.K. And I really like to cook!

Favorites/Book Obsessions/Currently Reading
  • DeWaal, The Hare with Amber Eyes
  • Elias, Anne Frank's Family
  • Kissinger, On China


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