It’s probably not surprising that Katie Gibbons’ favorite book is “The Martian,” the story of an astronaut whose appetite for adventure takes him to another world.
An avid reader, Katie has embarked on her own adventure in recent weeks, albeit a more earthbound one, as Trinity’s communications coordinator.
She arrives here after 16 years at Craft Alliance, where she held a variety of positions including receptionist and registrar, before her job was outsourced last October.
She has embraced both the work and Trinity, saying the position has brought with it both new challenges and opportunities. She says she is especially grateful to staff and church members who have helped guide her through the learning curve associated with managing a church office. “I like to try to figure things out,” she says. She is especially interested in helping grow Trinity’s reach into the community through social media.
A University City native and arts and photography graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., she said her photography interests leaned to the “weird and unusual.” After graduation, she spent a year as a library assistant in the University City School District until a metalsmithing class at Craft Alliance opened the door to her job there.
In addition to reading, her other passions are her family, including six nieces and nephews who “I adore,” and her 10-year-old Boston Terrier, Lola, who she describes as “my baby.” She also loves to travel, including summer trips to a family house on Cape Cod that was built by her grandfather. “Heaven on earth,” she says of the property.
She also volunteers as a Special Olympics swimming coach for adults with disabilities in Brentwood. “There’s a quote that says give an athlete five minutes of your time and they’ll give you their hearts,” she says. “It’s fun to see them succeed.”
Katie lives in Olivette and is the daughter of long-time Trinity members Jane and Pat Gibbons.