Keynote Speakers

Dr. Kate Bowler

PhD, Professor, Author, and Speaker

Kate Bowler, PhD, is an associate professor of the history of Christianity in North America at Duke University. She completed her undergraduate degree at Macalester College, recived a Masters of Religion from Yale Divinity School, and a PhD at Duke University. She is the author of Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel (Oxford University Press, 2013) which received widespread media attention and academic praise as the first history of the movement based on divine promises of health, wealth, and happiness. She wrote the New York Times bestselling memoir, Everything Happens for a Reason (and other lies I’ve loved) (Random House, 2018) after being unexpectedly diagnosed with State IV cancer at age 35 – a book Bill Gates lauds as “belonging on the shelf alongside other terrific books about mortality” and includes on his must-read list. Dr. Bowler subsequently staged a national conversation around why it felt so difficult to speak frankly about suffering through her popular podcast, Everything Happens. Her book The Preacher’s Wife: The Precarious Power of Evangelical Women Celebrities (Princeton, 2019) follows the rise of Christian women in American evangelicalism. She has appeared on the TED stage, NPR, The TODAY Show, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and TIME Magazine. She lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband, Toban, and son, Zach.