The Reverend Kate Fields, (email) a southern pastor from Nashville, was installed in 2016 as the 22nd pastor of Underwood Baptist. Pastor Kate follows in a long line of radical pastors at Underwood, a church that was founded on abolition sourced by faith in Christ in 1845. 

Kate is a Baptist biologist-turned-pastor who believes that this life-changing, radically inclusive Gospel changes people and bears witness to love winning. She is deeply committed to imperfectly following the ways of Christ, and to putting feet to faith.

Kate has worked in the field of eco-justice in Appalachia, Fiji, and broader Oceania. She currently serves on the board of the Interfaith Earth Network of Milwaukee, and has served on the National Council of the Fellowship of Reconciliation USA. She is committed to theologies which include creation care and justice for people of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, and other marginalized populations. She believes how faith communities journey together through the challenges and joys of life is critical, especially given evolving times in relation to the Church.  

Kate fell in love with Underwood's history and people and considers it an honor to serve as pastor. You may see Kate walking one or both of her greyhounds, and if that's the case, she hopes you holler a "hello!"

What We Believe

At Underwood Memorial Baptist, we uphold the right to freedom and diversity in belief. We unite under guiding principles rather than insisting upon rigid doctrinal conformity. We are progressive in our mission, and as a non-creedal church, we think it best that each person and each generation express their faith in ways that are relevant to themselves and to their community.

While we do not claim to be of one mind in all areas of belief, we share the following core values:
  • We believe that every person is valuable to God and to God’s Kingdom just as they are, without regard to religious beliefs, background, age, race, culture, gender, physical abilities, sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This belief is manifested by our church being a place of welcome to all people.
  • We believe in experiencing, celebrating and proclaiming the unconditional love of God through Jesus Christ in what we do.
  • We believe that evangelism is best accomplished by living a good and faithful life as an example of the Christian way of living.
  • We believe that God has given every person spiritual gifts that are designed to be used for others.
  • We believe that all members and associates of this congregation are ministers.
  • We believe Ÿthat relevant Biblical teaching, grounded in scholarship, transforms lives. Furthermore, it is every person’s right and duty to interpret scripture under the guidance of the Spirit, whether alone or in community with believers.
  • We believe our worship must be diverse, vital, inspiring, alive and relevant to people’s lives.
  • We believe that we are accountable only to God, not to other people, for our religious beliefs and practices.
  • Following the American Baptist Tradition, we believe that each local congregation is an independent unit, democratically functioning in cooperation with other congregations and bodies.
  • We believe in the separation of Church and State.

Our Constitution

Underwood Constitution

Subpages (1): Our History