Q&A w/ Kay Kotan
New Director of the Center for Vitality

Tell me about yourself: Where you’re from, where you live now, where you went to school, your previous job, etc.

I am a born and raised Missourian. I was born in Cameron, Missouri and moved to Savannah, Missouri in elementary school. (Fun fact: Our son is named after my hometown – Cameron.) I had lived in Missouri my whole life until the last two years of living in Pennsylvania serving the Susquehanna Conference as the Director of Equipping Vital Congregations. I have a background in banking operations and management and have created, grown and sold three different companies. I am a graduate of CoachU and Advanced CoachU. I have been working in coaching, consulting and speaking around church vitality and growth for more than a decade. I am married to Bob for 27 years and we have a son, Cameron, who is 23. Cameron resides in the Kansas City area and works in pipeline corrosion prevention.

What attracted you to the Arkansas Conference and specifically the Director of the Center for Vitality position?

I have had the great privilege of working with the Arkansas Conference over the past several years leading retreats and workshops and even creating some curriculum. The great people of Arkansas have always been very hospitable and kind. I have also appreciated how hungry people were to learn and be innovative. While working in and with many different conferences around the country, I have had the opportunity to learn, grow, and lead in a variety of ways. When the opportunity was presented to be able to work with the awesome people in Arkansas and use the experiences I have accumulated in other conferences, I was thrilled to be offered the chance to serve. I am truly humbled to be able to serve the Arkansas Conference.

What are you hoping to accomplish as the new director?

I am looking forward to building on the great work that has already been done in the Center of Vitality under its great leadership and staff. We are praying that through revitalizing churches, helping churches create intentional faith development processes, creating new places for new people, and equipping churches to make disciples that more people will come to know Jesus Christ through the United Methodist Churches in Arkansas.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

When I am not at work, I love to watch HGTV, Shark Tank and an occasional Hallmark Movie. My husband and I love to travel to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and take in the sand, ocean, and relax in the sun. There is such a peace and calm that washes over me when I sit and watch the Pacific Ocean waves wash upon the shore. It is indeed my happy place.

Who is someone that inspires you in your daily life and why?

I am standing on the shoulders of many women leaders in ministry. I am eternally grateful to those who have paved the roads ahead of me, broken the proverbial glass ceilings, and opened doors that were previously locked for women and for laity to lead. I remain humbled and thankful for those ministry pioneers.