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 12 weeks 4 days ago
Editor's Note: This post was originally a sermon in our monthly Sojourners chapel.Friends, grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.Around the time I started middle...
Posted by Katie Chatelaine-Samsen 21 weeks 6 days ago
Women of faith have moved hearts, minds, and mountains. They have changed the world by their faithful witness – and changed lives. Through our Women and Girls campaign, Sojourners is working to...
Posted by Katie Chatelaine-Samsen 22 weeks 3 days ago
I think what lies at the heart of the mix-up between jealousy and envy is not only the result of many of us zoning out during English class, but may also be a consequence of the way our culture...
Posted by Katie Chatelaine-Samsen 24 weeks 6 days ago
During the Crusades, conversion by the sword was a common practice. Today, it’s conversion by the bullet.A growing trend in evangelism among some more conservative churches is to promise people a gun...
Posted by Katie Chatelaine-Samsen 38 weeks 2 days ago
In the short three months that I have been at Sojourners as the director of individual giving, I’ve been humbled and inspired by the countless social justice activists who make up our community....