The Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists
The Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists Press Release

On behalf of the member congregations and friends of the 
the AWAB Board of Directors is delighted to announce 
Catherine "Katie" Chapman 

as our new Executive Director!  


As many of you in the extended AWAB family know, we have been undertaking an extensive search process.  After prayerfully examining many worthy candidates, that search has recently concluded. 
Catherine Chapman -- Katie, to her new AWAB family! -- comes to us with a career spanning not only non-profit management, but also fundraising, marketing, teaching, and administration.  She holds a Master's degree in Philanthropic Studies (with concentration in Nonprofit Management) from Indiana University and a Bachelor's with honors (German and European Studies) from Vanderbilt University.  She serves as CEO and founder of Fullanthropy (, a philanthropic and nonprofit consultancy firm based in Louisville, Kentucky, and she has done curriculum design and teaching at Spalding University.  A charter member of Nu Lambda Mu (a fraternal organization dedicated to the study of nonprofit management, philanthropy, and social entrepreneurship), Katie is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  She's a member of Highland Baptist Church in Louisville.

Katie will be based in her hometown of Louisville, but has already started working with our geographically-distributed board members.  Katie identifies as female, and uses feminine pronouns ("she"/"her").  She says, "I feel privileged and blessed to work with AWAB and serve so many churches, who are reaching out with welcoming hearts to the LGBTQ community, which has so often been cruelly excluded from traditional Baptist life." 

We're especially looking forward to her contributions in member services (this means you, our AWAB family) and her help to continue AWAB's movement from "stable and healthy" to "growing and a force with which to be reckoned!"  Please feel free to introduce yourself to her, at .

[For more information, you may also contact Board Chair Ann-Louise Haak ( ) or Communication Director Robin Knauerhase ( ).]

AWAB, the National Voice for LGBTQ Baptists, is a network of churches and individuals supporting and advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people (and allies!) across all Baptist faiths and traditions.  Our association of more than 100 congregations spans the United States.