Email: Kathy Hoffmann
Kathy ended her term of service in December 2009. She’s available to speak when her schedule permits. Email her to extend an invitation to visit your congregation or organization.
Kathy Hoffmann was appointed in 1990 as a mission co-worker to serve with the Woodstock Christian International School in Mussoorie, a boarding school with more than 400 students from nearly 30 countries. In 2004, Woodstock celebrated 150 years as a Christian, international, residential school. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has been involved with Woodstock most of those years.
Besides her responsibilities as academic dean, Kathy still teaches. In 2004, Kathy completed 20 years of service with with Woodstock.
“Rich and rewarding” is how Kathy describes her time at Woodstock, which has been supported by PC(USA) since 1990. “The ministry of Christian education in a diverse community is wonderful witness,” writes Kathy, “and an avenue to expressing the life and integrity of Jesus. Over these years I have taught children from all over the world, every continent. Now they are young adults in those places finding their own careers and commitments. The things they learned in school will be the tools they use to discover truth and make their contribution. The potential in this kind of residential diverse educational setting is tremendous. I have been privileged to be part of these young peoples’ lives and have ongoing correspondence with them in their joys and sorrows. India is a challenging and important part of their education, making them globally aware and sensitive to world needs.“
From July to December 1996, Kathy worked as an exchange teacher at Carey Baptist Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to her assignment at Woodstock, she held various teaching positions, including that of a substitute at Annunciation School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and at St. Pius X School in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. From 1973 to 1977, she taught at Cardinal Hinsley Boys’ High School in London, England. She also taught English and Speech at Gibbon High School in Gibbon, Minnesota, from 1972-1973.
In 1998-2000, Kathy took study leave and a year’s leave of absence to complete a two-year graduate program in interdisciplinary studies at Wheaton College in Illinois, studying Bible and theology, intercultural communication and educational ministry. Kathy holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in English and American humanities and a minor in speech and drama from Bemidji State College in Bemidji, Minnesota. She has taken extension courses in English at St. Peter’s College in Oxford, England. She has also taken extension courses in German and linguistics at the University of Minnesota. Kathy completed a three-year theological/vocational program at the Christian Corps Training School in Minneapolis and has studied at the Centre for Indian Literature in English and in Translation at American College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.
In Mussoorie, Kathy attends St. Paul’s, CNI (Church of North India). She is a member of North Heights Lutheran Church in her hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota.
Birthday: December 16