Monica Wedlock Kilpatrick
Director of Connect Ministries
Rev. Monica Wedlock Kilpatrick serves as the Director of Connect Ministries, focused on connecting, resourcing, and amplifying the voices of Disciples-related health and social service ministries across the life of the church. In this role, Monica actively engages new partners and facilitates gatherings, learning opportunities, and peer groups.
Additionally, Monica directs the NBA Affinity Group ministries, which are collaborative communities of Disciples working together on particular health and social service justice issues. Some examples of these collaborative communities include the advocacy efforts around prison and jail ministries, supporting groups working on mental health and wellness in congregations, and other focus areas responsive to the needs of the church.
Prior to joining the NBA, Monica served for more than seven years as director of admissions and recruitment at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, identifying talented and courageous people discerning calls to service in the church and community, listening to their needs and dreams, partnering with them to discover a process for theological education and vocational training, evaluating their fit with the institution, and inviting them into a journey of learning and service.
As an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), she currently serves as coordinator for the international mission ministry at Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, partnering with an outside organization to plan and lead mission trips to Jacmel, Haiti. Monica supports the wider church by serving on the Regional Board and the Commission on Ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Georgia.
Monica earned a B.S. in Marketing and International Business from University of Maryland College Park and a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She resides in Decatur, Georgia with her husband, Jonathan Kilpatrick.
Getting to know Monica
NBA’s vision statement is “creating communities of compassion and care.” What does this mean to you?
The NBA’s vision is about taking seriously the African proverb, “I am because we are,” in which each individual life is enhanced by the collaborative efforts of all. It means serving God by serving the least of these. At NBA, my role is to connect individuals, churches, and partner ministries to further their learning, support and outreach that transforms lives and pleases God.
What do you do outside of work?
I love to travel! I also enjoy trying new restaurants, spending time with friends and family, and quiet moments at home.
What are you known for?
My smile and ability to make others feel welcomed.
The last time I laughed out loud…
Everyday…there’s always something to laugh about!