Denise Utter

Denise Utter is a speaker, coach, and writer.

Denise Utter is a speaker, coach, and writer. She was a Director of Faith Formation for over a decade and the Catechetical Associate for Family Faith Formation for the Diocese of Joliet for from 2010-2017. Her experience at both parish and diocesan levels shapes her work as a coach/consultant for Vibrant Faith.


Denise’s publications include articles for Catechetical Leader, Catechist Magazine, and Take Out: Our Faith on the Go! (OSV). She has written online curriculum for Our Sunday Visitor, Center for Ministry Development, and the Archdiocese of Chicago. She is also a partner at Strong Catholic Family Faith (, a collaborative project of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) that resources catechetical leaders in an effort to encourage, empower, and equip parents for the faith formation of their children. She is currently the President of NCCL.


Denise has embraced her vocation in the field of education and ministry for over 30 years, having a B.S. in Education and a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Studies from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Denise is married with three adult children in Chicago, Boston, and Ft. Bragg, NC.

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