Pastor Kathy Charlie – A Woman to be Admired

Pastor Kathy Charlie is a woman to be admired and one who has overcome many challenges. During Liberia’s fourteen year civil war, Pastor Charlie fled the country with her aunt seeking refuge in Ivory Coast. It is there that she lived as a refugee for ten years before returning to Liberia. Pastor Charlie’s passion for children has always been a driving force in her life. After three years teaching, Kathy Charlie established her own school specifically targeting low-income families in 2007. In addition to becoming a teacher, Pastor Charlie has been an influential spiritual leader.

Kathy was involved with her church’s worship team which led to a steady progression to ordained minister in 2010 and today serves as the church’s senior pastor. Pastor Charlie’s mission is to train children to be better contributors to society and she dreams of one day opening a nursing home for elderly people who have no care.

Pastor Charlie has been a part of the L.A.C.E.S. team since 2011. She is a valuable asset to the organization providing insight, context and most importantly a voice and advocate on behalf of L.A.C.E.S. children. Pastor Charlie has recently taken on a new role allowing her to train and mentor new coordinators in L.A.C.E.S. communities. In her time with L.A.C.E.S., Pastor Charlie has impacted the lives of 440 children and 60 coaches.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day and support the United Nation’s Step It Up Campaign for gender equality, L.A.C.E.S. is proud of our own Kathy Charlie. She is a powerful female voice who has demonstrated with her own life that women can be active participants in the family, church, community and society. We are so grateful that she is a role model to L.A.C.E.S. girls and to Liberia.

Written By:
Kristie Suarez
Director of Operations