BioLogos Staff Spotlight: Kathryn Applegate
Since joining the BioLogos team in 2010, Program Director Kathryn Applegate has played a key role as a writer, speaker, editor, and organizer of some of the Foundation’s most important events, including the Theology of Celebration workshops, President’s Circle events, and Leadership in the BioLogy by the Sea program.
Though her background is in cell biology, including a doctorate from The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, Kathryn found herself drawn to the science and faith dialogue through her love for her church. Being particularly concerned about the disconnect between Christian theology and mainstream science, Kathryn stated, “In my training as a scientist and in my walk as a Christian, I feel that science and faith are two of the most exciting and fascinating areas of life. And the intersection of the two has always been an interest. However, my real drive to get involved [developed while I] was growing up in the South and hearing that evolution, in particular, is atheistic.” She says that reading Francis Collins’ The Language of Science and Faith was a key inspiration for becoming involved with BioLogos.
Kathryn will transition into a new position this spring, serving as a program liaison for the upcoming Evolution & Christian Faith grant program. Her new duties will involve working with grant recipients and organizing annual workshops for the program.
This isn’t the only new role for Kathryn, however. She and her husband Brent are the proud parents of a beautiful baby daughter, Lucy. “It’s been an exciting new experience,” she says. “I’ve enjoyed it more than I could have ever dreamed. It’s the hardest and most enjoyable thing I’ve ever done, and [it’s] so much fun to get to know Lucy and have her become part of my family.”