Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church announces the addition of two Parish Associates to its pastoral staff—the Rev. Dr. Pattie Kitchen and the Rev. Kellie Picallo.
The new Parish Associate succeed the Rev. J.C. Austin, who resigned in January to become the senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Parish associates are part-time clergy who are available for preaching and worship, Christian education, pastoral care and other needs. Their ministerial gifts add to and complement the pastoral services provided by the senior pastor and associate pastors of the church. Pattie Kitchen, who lives in Pennsylvania, will serve primarily during the summer, when several of the pastors are either on sabbatical or on vacation. Kellie Picallo, who lives and works in New York City, will serve at various times throughout the year.
"We are delighted to welcome two such talented ministers, who love this church so much, as members of our pastoral team," says Scott Black Johnston, senior pastor. "They will help us ensure that, in both the busiest and quietest seasons of the year, we can provide a steady, skillful pastoral presence to the members and friends of this church."
Members of the church became acquainted with Pattie last summer, when she assisted the pastoral team during Associate Pastor Kate Dunn's three-month sabbatical.
"Last summer I fell in love—no exaggeration—with the soulful music and people of FAPC," she says. "An ethos of 'Yes!' permeates the congregation and staff. It will be the sweetest joy to be among you once again."
Pattie has served the Presbyterian Church (USA) for more than 20 years, serving at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, First Presbyterian Church in Shreveport, Louisiana and Wellshire Presbyterian Church in Denver. With a focus on international ministry, she traveled to work with PCUSA partners in Haiti, Cuba, Guatemala, Kenya and South Africa, along with her husband, Dr. Jim Kitchen, a retired cardiologist. She stepped away from full-time parish ministry, returning to the family farm in the Poconos to write, ride horses and paint. She is the mother of former FAPC Elder Lizzie Brubaker as well as two married sons in New Orleans. She has master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Kellie Picallo and her family started attending Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in 2015. Since then, she has been a frequent liturgist in our worship services. Her husband, Al, currently serves on the Board of Trustees. Their daughter, Isabella, is a college student and former member of our Youth Group. Their son, Harrison, is a current member of the Youth Group and was confirmed here in 2015. He will serve as the Youth Elder on the Session in 2018-19.
"From the moment my family began worshipping at FAPC, I knew there was something special happening at this congregation," Kellie says. "It is a delight and an honor to support the FAPC clergy staff and be a resource for this growing community. With the power of the Holy Spirit, there are no limits to how each of us can make this earth just a little more like it is in heaven."
Kellie is the director of engagement, strategic philanthropy, at Auburn Seminary in New York. In addition to ministry, she is also a seasoned media professional and fundraiser. A former television producer for PBS and the Discovery Channel, she has been honored with a Time Magazine Award, an Emmy Award and two Telly Awards. She is a senior media trainer for the Auburn Media & Messaging program, the co-creator of the 90 Second Sermon and was previously the director of strategy for First Presbyterian Church of Englewood, New Jersey. She has an undergraduate degree in journalism and a master of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York.
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