Laurie Ann Kraus
The Rev. Dr. Laurie Ann Kraus directs Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the national and international response agency for the Presbyterian Church (USA), and an associate director for the ministries of Compassion, Peace and Justice in the Presbyterian Church, USA. Laurie is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional (CCFP) through the International Association of Trauma Professionals. She is a member of the International Critical Stress Foundation (ICSF) and a certified spiritual director.
Dr. Kraus is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She served as the pastor of Riviera Presbyterian Church in Miami, Florida, and as associate pastor at the 1st Presbyterian Church of Utica, NY. She holds a BA from Wheaton College, the M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and D.Min. degrees from Columbia Theological Seminary and Florida Center for Theological Studies, where her dissertation projects were Rebuilding the Walls: A Narrative-Theological Model for Disaster Relief In the Wake of Hurricane Andrew(1994) and There is a River: Embracing Diversity in the Multicultural Ministry Setting (1998). She was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary) by Sinai University in Jerusalem for her leadership in interfaith graduate theological education.
For fifteen years, Laurie taught at the Florida Center for Theological Studies, an ATS accredited multicultural ecumenical seminary in Miami, Florida. She directed the D.Min. program and taught homiletics and liturgy.
Her book, Recovering from Un-Natural Disasters: A Guide for Pastors and Congregations After Violence and Trauma, was published by Westminster John Knox in 2017.Her first book Tuning My Heart: the Melody of the Liturgical Year in Proclamation, Poetry and Praise, was published by Wipf and Stock Publishers in 2008. She is published in several journals, and was the content editor and a contributor to Out of the Depths: Voices of Faith from September 11, a 9/11 anniversary collection of articles and liturgy released in 2002. Laurie is married and the mother of a daughter.