Rev. Dr. Katherine Rhodes Henderson

The Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson is president of Auburn Theological Seminary and an international leader in theological education who has pioneered for religious leaders of many faith traditions to exercise moral leadership in the public square. From the Auburn Coach Training program to Auburn Media to Groundswell, Dr. Henderson has spearheaded innovative educational programs ranging from convening corporate CEOs on ethics in business practice to infusing mainstream media with compelling faith voices on issues such as moral economy, sex trafficking, immigration, gun violence, and LGBTQ equality. Dr. Henderson has been featured in outlets such as MSNBC, The Washington Post and The New York Times, and she is the author of God’s Troublemakers: How Women of Faith Are Changing the World. Named co-recipient of the Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize for her lifelong commitment to creating spaces for authentic interfaith engagement, she joined esteemed past winners such as His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. Including in her work programs such as Face to Face | Faith to Faith, she has spearheaded the creation of MountainTop, a gathering of faith leaders to catalyze a multi-faith movement for justice. Raised in Louisville, Kentucky during the civil rights movement, as a child Rev. Henderson accompanied her parents on civil rights marches, and at church gatherings she sat with them with people of many different faith traditions as well as people who claimed no faith tradition, but who came together out of moral conviction or commitment — all united for justice. This personal history has fueled Rev. Henderson’s work and lifelong passion for the multi-faith movement for justice. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Rev. Henderson earned her Master of Divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and her doctorate at Columbia University Teachers College.