Community Associates

Rev. Dr. Leslie King, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Waco, received her BA from Kansas University (’91) and her Masters of Divinity from McCormick Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Chicago (‘94). In 2010 she completed her Doctor of Ministry at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City Missouri with an emphasis in Spirituality and Organizational Change. Leslie’s contributions to Baylor PDI are significant, and she is also a part of the Interfaith Research Exchange through the Kettering Foundation. Leslie leads her congregation in regular public deliberation forums, partners with other churches on forums, and is hoping to incorporate more deliberative practices into her preaching and liturgy.

The Rev. Aaron M. G. Zimmerman, Rector of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Waco, earned a B.A. magna cum laude in History of Science at Harvard University, Aaron spent two years with an educational non-profit in Kazakhstan. Aaron later worked at Harvard Business School and H.J. Heinz in Pittsburgh. He received his Master of Divinity from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in 2008. Before coming to St. Alban’s, he served churches in Pittsburgh and Houston. Aaron is a contributor to the Mockingbird blog and magazine, and President of the Board of Directors of Mockingbird Ministries. He is a member of the Better Together BU Advisory Board and on the board of the Episcopal Foundation of Texas. He is currently the Dean for the Northwest Convocation of the Diocese of Texas. Aaron co-hosts Same Old Song, the weekly lectionary podcast of Mockingbird Ministries, with the Rev. Jacob Smith.

Craig Nash is the Child Hunger Outreach Specialist for Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative Waco office. He is a graduate of East Texas Baptist University and Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary. Craig considers himself to be a dual citizen of East Texas and Waco. He grew up in Chandler, Texas and has lived in Waco since 2000. He has grown to love the Heart of Texas Region and is excited about working with its residents to effect positive change.

Catherine Bauer is Director of Leadership and Engagement at the Waco Foundation. She runs the Leadership Plenty Institute and invites Baylor PDI to train these leadership participants each year!

Pattie Orr retired from Baylor University on May 31, 2017. She served as Vice President for Information Technology and Dean of University Libraries. During its annual conference in Austin, the Texas Digital Library (TDL) honored Pattie for her leadership in academic libraries and unfailing support of the organization’s mission. Since Orr arrived at Baylor in 2007, she has worked with TDL leadership to further innovation across the state of Texas in the area of digital scholarship. During her tenure on the TDL board, Orr helped oversee the implementation of the Texas Digital Repository, their preservation storage architecture and the implementation of the Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) system. She also has served as a technical consultant to the board, assisting with the technical implementation of several key initiatives.