Katerina Friesen is a gardener, Mennonite pastor and educator who offers leadership to Wild Church. Her work and ministry are inspired by Jesus' life of love, his ministry among the oppressed and forsaken, and by ancient prophetic visions of shalom (peace, harmony, justice, right relations) for all creation.
Katerina loves creating sacred spaces for reconciliation and restoration with the Divine, Earth, and one another. She has planted gardens alongside incarcerated people in state prisons through the Insight Garden Program, accompanied people in their release and transition back into the community, and has also worked with churches to grow vibrant community gardens in abandoned lots.
Katerina currently organizes around racial and climate justice with a focus on Indigenous land rights with the Anabaptist Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition. She recently received a fellowship from Creation Justice Ministries to help move the Christian church toward truth and healing in relation with Indigenous peoples in light of harms done under colonialism in California.
Katerina graduated with her M.Div. in Theology and Peace Studies from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. She loves writing poetry, hiking and camping in the Sierra Nevada mountains, tending her worm compost, and learning the names of local flora and fauna.