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Terry Kyllo is a human, a husband, a father of two, the pastor developer of The Catacomb Churches and he does not live by bread alone.

He has written two books:

  • Being Human: The Image of the Serving God (2004)
  • Apprenticeship: Embracing Life and Practicing Humanity in the Way of Jesus (2011)

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Terry grew up in Lacrosse, Washington, a wheat-farming town of 300 people in southeastern corner of the state. His father was a custodian at the school, and his mother was a homemaker who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when Terry was five. From the experience of his mother’s illness, Terry learned that life is fragile and is to be honored. He is still learning from his father’s faithfulness in the midst of illness.

Terry’s path to pastoral vocation began when in high school he was told that he could not accept evolutionary theory and be a Christian. This created a tension in his life between Christianity and the modern world that led him away from Christianity for a time. Eventually realizing that it must be possible to both be a Christian and live in today’s world, he engaged in conversation and study to discover the underlying bases for these seemingly contradictory viewpoints and to reconcile those ideas.

Terry Kyllo attended seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, receiving his Masters of Divinity (a four-year degree required for Lutheran ordination) in 1991. Terry serves as a pastor of an ecumenical partnership of five churches in the Skagit Valley of Washington state.

As pastor he helps imagine, support, equip, and oversee all the baptized in ministry as all participate in God’s love for and healing of the world.

Apprenticeship is his second book, following Being Human: The Image of the Serving God.

Terry lives in Anacortes, Washington, with his wife and their two children.


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