Kim Dorr (MDiv, 2002)
In Southern California, the manufacture of entertainment—known locally as “the industry”—is a multibillion-dollar domestic concern, one of America’s primary exports to foreign markets, and employer to a significant percentage of Southern California workers. As the adage goes, “that’s why it’s called show business.” Nevertheless, there are few trades quite so high profile, so high risk, or so seductive as the business of entertainment—prompting songwriter Irving Berlin to declare that there is also no business quite like it.
Kim Dorr has balanced a career in “the industry” with ministry ever since she was ordained in 2005. She has continued as principal agent and co-owner of Defining Artists Agency, while also serving as Pastor to the Entertainment Industry at Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, California. Dorr counsels, prays for, and serves those struggling to balance the ethics of the industry with those of Christianity, a group that amounts to nearly half of the church’s 5,000 regular congregants.