The Rev. Kathryn Lester-Bacon

Director of Religious Life
040 Chapel Basement
Mailing Address: 

Box 90974
Durham, NC 27708

As director of Religious Life, the Rev. Kathryn Lester-Bacon is called to care for multifaith religious leaders and worshiping communities by sharing stories, asking questions, strengthening support systems, deepening dialogue, and building collaboration for the nurture of spiritual life on campus.

She joined the staff in the fall of 2019 and is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She graduated from Duke University and Princeton Seminary.  Most recently she served as the associate pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia.

She has served as a chaplain in hospice and pediatric oncology, a director of youth and family ministries, and a moderator for the boards of both Duke and Virginia Commonwealth University Presbyterian campus ministries. She has a certificate in spiritual direction from Richmond Hill in Richmond, Virginia, and a certificate in community organizing and congregational leadership from Johnson C. Smith Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia.

Outside of work, she loves writing, reading, walks, and very dark chocolate. She is married to Michael Bacon, and together they try to keep up with their two young children, Josie and Ben.