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Whitworth Alumna Elected Co-Moderator of the 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA)

July 2, 2018
Whitworth University is proud to announce the Rev. Cindy Kohlmann, ’95, has been elected co-moderator of the 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Kohlmann received a bachelor of arts degree in theatre and religion from Whitworth and says she’s very grateful for her education and experiences on campus. “Whitworth’s commitment to educate both mind and heart continues to resonate with me today,” Kohlmann says. “I’m especially grateful for all the training I received through the theatre and speech communications program, especially as a participant on the forensics team.”

Whitworth’s Director of Church Engagement Terry McGonigal says he is thrilled with the election results. “Cindy embodies Whitworth’s commitment for our alums to be servants to, with, and of the church, especially the PCUSA denomination with which Whitworth has enjoyed a covenant partnership since 1890. We are confident that Whitworth’s values of honoring God, following Christ and serving humanity will be on display throughout Cindy’s leadership.”

Kohlmann received her master of divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She currently serves as resource presbyter for two presbyteries: the Presbytery of Boston and the Presbytery of Northern New England. In those roles she designs leadership training opportunities, connects pastors and congregations with local and denominational resources, and helps start difficult conversations about structure and vision in the midst of change.

Kohlmann will share her new position with Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri from Puerto Rico. Cintrón-Olivieri is an ESL teacher and ruling elder, whose husband, José Manuel Capella-Pratts is pastor at First Spanish Presbyterian Church in Miami. The pair won a tight race, determined by a fourth ballot on June 16, 2018.

Kohlmann and Cintrón-Olivieri say their different backgrounds will serve them well as they look to address diversity in a changing church. They plan to do things in ways the church hasn’t necessarily experienced before.

Kohlmann and Cintrón-Olivieri were installed by the co-moderators of the 222nd General Assembly immediately following the election.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Trisha Coder, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or

photo: (Left to right- Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri & Cindy Kohlmann. Courtesy: Presbyterian News Service/Danny Bolin)