Kathy Hood Culmer is an author, professional storyteller, Christian Educator, speaker, teacher, and retreat leader. She is a graduate of Spelman College, the University of South Florida, and United Theological Seminary, with a Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Storytelling.  As a professional storyteller, Kathy has performed at the Exchange Place at the National Storytelling Festival, Georgia State University, Duke University’s Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, been a featured storyteller at the Texas Storytelling Festival, the Network of Biblical Storytellers, International Festival Gathering, and the Canadian Biblical Storytelling Festival. Additionally, she has provided storytelling performances and workshops in a host of schools, libraries, on college campuses, in churches, at festivals and other venues.  She is also a former player/storyteller with the musictelling troupe, Tales and Scales, that originated in Evansville, IN. Along with other members of the Network of Biblical Storytellers, International, Kathy travelled to The Gambia in West Africa as part of a biblical storytelling mission trip and, most recently, participated in a storytelling pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Kathy is the editor of a collection of personal narratives called Yes, Jesus Loves Me: 31 Love Stories and author of On the Wings of Prayer: daily prayers, thoughts and meditations to lift your spirits.

Kathy is powerful.  And tender.  She can roar and she can whisper.  Above all, Kathy tells the stories for true.  When she welcomes you into a story, it’s like she’s bringing you into the company of all of her grandmothers.  All of their voices sing along with her.  Every time she finishes a story, I find myself hoping that she will tell yet one more.”  –Richard Swanson, Professor, Augustana University