Student Life Team

VDS Student Life Team: Kate Lassiter, Brandon McCormack

(Photo by Michelle Bukowski)

Kate Lassiter is a 5th year Ph.D. student  in Religion, Psychology, and Culture, and a Theology and Practice fellow.  As an undergraduate, she was a leader in Student Government her sophomore, junior, and senior years.  After completing her M.A. in Theological Studies, she did two years of service with Ohio Campus Compact, working at Kent State University and Cleveland State University to strengthen community partnerships through service, service-learning, and social justice education. Her ministry experiences include prison ministry, campus ministry, liturgical planning, and pastoral counseling; she has also worked with youth in crisis, persons with developmental disabilities, and in the sustainable food movement.  Working with people to realize their desires and passions, and planning ways to achieve them is a great joy for her.  She is writing her dissertation on recognition in feminist pastoral theology.  In her time outside of school she likes to walk in Nashville’s metro parks, garden, and sing. Her email address is

Two graduate students work together as our Student Life Team, reporting to and meeting weekly with the associate dean.  Brandon McCormack and Kate Lassiter lead us in this effort.  Mr. McCormack serves as a liaison to the Worship Committee and attends to pastoral concerns in the student body and Ms. Lassiter oversees the training of student government officers and lends support to the student cabinet and student groups.

Brandon is a doctoral student in Homiletics & Liturgics with a minor in Black Religion & Culture Studies. He is also a fellow in the Theology and Practice Program. He is interested in the various ways that “prophetic" voices are expressed and perceived both within and beyond religious institutions (i.e. pulpit, popular culture, Public Square and the practices of everyday life) and their potential for healing, justice and transformation. He received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Louisville, and a Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Brandon enjoys listening to Hip Hop, Neo-Soul, jazz, blues, and occasionally even gospel music. Brandon also enjoys spoken word poetry, as well as watching independent films and Big East basketball. Currently Brandon is living in Nashville, TN with his wife Shashray and their two children Legend and Legacy. Brandon will be available from Wednesdays from 9am-10am, and again from 11am-12pm in the Reading Room. Space for confidential conversations has also been reserved during that time, if needed. Brandon can be reached by email at