Meet the Chaplain

KateOur Chaplain
The Rev. Kate Colussy-Estes joined the Agnes Scott community in August 2006 as the Julia Thompson Smith Chaplain. Kate came to Agnes Scott from Elon University in North Carolina, where she served for four years as assistant chaplain. Prior to Elon, she served at Schreiner University for two years.

She received her undergraduate degree from Eckerd College and holds a Master of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Kentucky. An Atlanta native, she and her husband, Justin, have two children.

For more information or for spiritual guidance, please contact Chaplain Kate at 404 471-5177 or

Chaplaincy History
The Julia Thompson Smith Chaplaincy Fund was established in 1988 by the late Hal L. Smith of Atlanta and named for his wife, Julia Thompson Smith, who graduated from Agnes Scott in 1931. Mr. Smith was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1952, served as the chairperson of the board from 1956 until 1973 and was named trustee emeritus in 1977.

The Thompson family has sent five women to Agnes Scott, including Julia's sister, Anne Thompson Rose, and three nieces, Lucy A. Rose, Nancy Rose Vosler and Peggy Rose Day. The Smith's son, John E. Smith II, is a trustee emeritus of the college.