Brenda Kilpatrick (email) grew up in Kenosha, WI. Her father was a Baptist minister, most of her family were Baptist, and she was baptized into the church at age 12. Being spiritually curious, she eventually made her way to the Episcopal church, where she was received as an adult. For the past twenty-three years she has divided her time between Chicago, where she lives with her partner of 23 years, and Milwaukee, WI. Brenda decided to return to school after starting a family, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree and then two master’s degrees while raising her children. After graduation, she accepted a full-time position in the Psychology department at Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI. Brenda was with the college for twenty-two years before retiring in 2022. In December of 2019, Brenda was ordained to the Diaconate at St. James Cathedral.