Dr. Kimberly Lymore
Director, Tolton Scholars Program
Associate Minister, Faith Community of Saint Sabina
For more than 30 years, Kimberly Lymore, MDiv ’03, has been an active and instrumental member of the Faith Community of Saint Sabina, a parish with a long legacy of social justice ministry and activism located in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood of Chicago. Kimberly’s entrance in 1998 into the Augustus Tolton Scholars Program at CTU was a pivotal moment in her faith journey. Working alongside a diverse, multi-ethnic, multi-vocational group of people, she said, opened her eyes to the reality that “I was not in the privilege we call ministry by myself.”
In the midst of studies at CTU, Kimberly was inspired to quit her corporate job and become a full-time Associate Minister at Saint Sabina. There, she has worked in the music ministry, liturgical committee, as well as a “commentator” who presents reflections on the Sunday readings to the congregation.
Kimberly would go on to earn her Masters of Divinity from CTU in 2003, and then, a Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Theological Union in 2009. In the fall of 2016, she took on the role of Director of the Tolton Program at CTU, in addition to her responsibilities at Saint Sabina.
When Kimberly speaks of ministry, it is the language of accompaniment. “We’re not here to be a savior,” she says of Saint Sabina’s many ministries, from its social services, to its employment center, to its elderly communities. “We’re here to help minister and walk with people.”
What makes us authentic is our actions when we leave the church building reads the mission statement for Saint Sabina, a statement that resonates deeply with the life and witness of Kimberly Lymore.