Kathy Babcock was born in Columbus, Ohio. She grew up in Brighton, Michigan and was raised in a Christian home where the importance of faith and Christian community were emphasized to her by her parents. As an adult she was introduced to the Church of the Lutheran Brethren and fell in love with the theology. Kathy graduated from Grand Valley State University in 1996 with a BBA in Marketing. She served Pilgrim Lutheran Brethren Church in Mentor Ohio from 2008 to 2014 as its Director of Youth and Family Ministries. She has also served Pilgrim as its Upward League Director. She and her husband Matt have two children.