Heather Kilbourne is the Project Manager for the Faith in Rural Communities initiative. She grew up surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Marion, North Carolina. She previously pastored United Methodist Churches in rural towns and communities including Hamptonville, Morganton, and Statesville, NC. Prior to becoming a minister, she worked as a non-profit administrator for Family Services Center and Teach For America.
Heather has always felt a calling to serve marginalized families and communities. She assisted in starting three Circles communities, a program to help families out of poverty through building relationships across class barriers and increasing individual social capital. She is a former Bridges Out of Poverty trainer.
She holds her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina – Asheville, a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and is currently pursuing her Doctor in Ministry at Emory with a focus on building asset-based community development models for rural churches.
In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, and walking her dog, Hanna.