Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon
January 3, 1950 – August 8, 2018
It is with great sadness yet an assurance of the resurrection that we share the
news that, on August 8th, the “role call in heaven” was taken and
the Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon responded, “Present. Here I am, Lord.”
The first African American woman to be ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and a leading voice in Womanist Theology, Rev. Dr. Cannon was also a minister member of the Presbytery of Philadelphia after joining the Religion Department faculty of Temple University in 1993. Most recently the Anna Scales Rogers Professor of Christian Ethics at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Rev. Dr. Cannon was honored at the 223rd General Assembly with the Award for Theological Excellence.
While we grieve the loss of Rev. Dr. Katie Cannon, her prophetic presence and pioneering spirit will continue to encourage the saints to press on in their faithful work and public witness as the Church of Jesus Christ called to “think with our hearts and feel with our brains” (Princeton Theological Seminary Women’s Conference, 2017).
- Katie Cannon’s biography from Union Presbyterian Seminary: https://www.upsem.edu/about/faculty/katie-geneva-cannon/
- An Interview with Rev. Dr. Katie Cannon at Princeton’s 2017 Women’s Conference. http://www.ptsem.edu/news/katie-cannon-interview
Leadership from our Presbytery with Rev. Dr. Cannon: