The Common Good

Katie Chatelaine-Samsen

Director of Individual Giving

Katie Chatelaine-Samsen began her life somewhere south of Lake Wobegon in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. While her hometown was not known for strong women, good-looking men, and above-average children, it did fulfill many of the other great Minnesotan stereotypes, such as being home to six different Lutheran churches that all hosted potlucks on various occasions. (Katie has a great recipe for Jell-O salad, by the way!)

Katie received her bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College, where she studied political science and religion and played violin in the St. Olaf Orchestra. After holding a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other throughout her college career, she discerned a call to ministry and decided to attend Princeton Theological Seminary, where she received her master of divinity degree. Her seminary experiences took her from working for immigration reform with a Holy Spirit-infused church in New Jersey to a small, remote Lutheran “un-intentional” community in the Cascades to hospital beds in the NICU and OB units of a hospital in Minneapolis. 

Katie is passionate about re-envisioning what it means to “do church” in whatever place she calls home. She is inspired by her Church of the Saviour worshipping community, Festival Church, where she plays violin and preaches on occasion. 

Katie lives with her husband Chris in Washington, D.C. A competitive runner, Katie enjoys discovering new running routes that take her everywhere from Rock Creek Park and the monuments to across the Maryland/Virginia border. When she is not training for her next marathon, Katie can often be found exploring D.C. on bike with her husband, climbing mountains, listening to esoteric music, relaxing with a good book and a cup of tea, or trying out a new recipe to fuel her athletic endeavors.

Blog Posts by Katie Chatelaine-Samsen

Posted by Katie Chatelaine-Samsen 1 week 3 days ago
What storms are you weathering this Advent? What fires assail your mind, body, and spirit? What relationships cry out to be restored? As we wait and prepare for the arrival of Christ in our midst,...
Posted by Katie Chatelaine-Samsen 3 weeks 6 days ago
“For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” —Romans 8:24-25We’ve had a tough...
Posted by Katie Chatelaine-Samsen, Elaina Ramsey 5 weeks 4 days ago
I firmly believe that people of faith can transform the world. Despite the many flaws and failures of the church and her people, Christians have a tremendous amount of power and influence to do good...
Posted by Katie Chatelaine-Samsen 14 weeks 3 days ago
Every September, Sojourners welcomes a new cycle of interns who have committed to living and working with us in our office in Washington, D.C., for one year. This group of 10 women and men work full...
Posted by Katie Chatelaine-Samsen 14 weeks 6 days ago
For some reason, our office calendar is saying that we’re already halfway through the month of September – how did that happen? August, which tends to be the quietest month both in...