Rev. Balk attended the University of South Dakota from 1976 – 1980, graduating with a BS degree in Business Administration. She then was employed a predecessor of Wells Fargo (Norwest Bancorporation) from 1980 to 1986 as an internal auditor.
Experiencing God’s “calling” in her life, she began her theological studies at Chicago Theological Seminary in 1994, graduating with an MDiv.degree in 1997.
Ordained into Christian Ministry, Rev. Balk served the following churches in the Southwest Association of Michigan Conference, UCC:
First Congregational Church, UCC South Haven , MI 1998 to 2006, Associate Pastor
St. Paul’s UCC, Watervliet, MI 2006 to 2008, Interim Minister
St. Peter’s UCC, St. Joseph, MI 2008 to 2010, Pastor and Teacher.
Catherine was called to serve Faith Community United Church of Christ in Bensenville in September 2011.