Alton Bluffs

"No matter who you are or where you are in life's journey, you are welcomed here."

Pastor Kelsey Peterson was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. She grew up in the United Church of Christ, as her mother was a UCC minister before passing away in 1996. It was at 9 years old that Kelsey first said she wanted to be a pastor. Pastor Kelsey Peterson was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. She grew up in the United Church of Christ, as her mother was a UCC minister before passing away in 1996. It was at 9 years old that Kelsey first said she wanted to be a pastor. Kelsey grew up dancing, and has been known as the Dancing Pastor since she was thirteen, when she preached her first sermon and performed a liturgical dance. Her undergraduate work was done at Saint Mary's College of California, just outside San Francisco. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Dance and a minor in Theology and Religious Studies. Kelsey entered two graduate programs directly out of college, earning a Master of Fine Arts in Dance (2016) and a Master of Divinity (2017), both with honors. During her graduate studies, Kelsey also earned four yoga teacher certifications. She has performed in churches, cathedrals, and on stages in four states and has been featured in Dance Magazine. Between August 2014 and January 2018, Kelsey served as the Minister for Youth, Families, and Community Life at Orinda Community Church in Orinda, CA. Kelsey is a licensed minister in the United Church of Christ and will be ordained on October 5, 2018. At the end of January 2018, Kelsey stepped down from her position at Orinda Community Church and left several part-time teaching (dance & yoga) positions. In doing so, she moved to Missouri to be with her partner, Pastor Kevin Beebe, who serves as the intern minister at The Bridge Coffee House in New Town St. Charles. Kelsey is currently doing supply ministry for Zion UCC in Troy and Immanuel UCC in Wright City, as well as teaching yoga at various local churches and studios. Pastor Kelsey is grateful to be with all of you here at Zion and thanks you for welcoming her into your community!

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