Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper’s Biography

Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper is an artist and an activist, with a slight tendency toward rabble-rousing, committed to finding ways in which our personal quest for wholeness and healing can contribute to the re-membering of the world. Rev. Bovee-Kemper is active in many causes, including the Campaign for Southern Equality, North Carolina’s Moral Monday movement, and a fair and just immigration policy. She serves on the Buncombe County Schools’ Faith Based Leadership Advisory Council and was a founding member of the Mountain People’s Assembly. In addition, she provides Advance Care Planning instruction through free community workshops, stressing the importance of making your end-of-life wishes known, and helping people have the tools to do so. She is also co-chair of the Right Relationship Team at General Assembly.

She is a graduate of Oberlin College and Andover Newton Theological School, from which she received an MDiv (with honors) with a concentration in Worship, Theology and the Arts. Ordained in 2008, she has served both small and large congregations, and has worked as a hospital chaplain. She resides in Asheville with her wife, Cindy, and their cat PJ (Pisgah, Jr.). Cindy and Lisa are foster parents, and enjoy providing a temporary safe landing spot for kids who are in care of social services. Cindy holds an MDiv from Lancaster Theological Seminary and is approved for ordination in the United Church of Christ (pending a call).