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Katie Grace (Bates) Clark is the eleventh of Gil and Kelly Bates' nineteen children. She is Married to Travis Clark, and is currently expecting their first baby.

Early Life

Katie as a baby

Katie Grace Bates was born at 5:55pm on October 5, 2000, to Gil Bates and Kelly Jo Callaham. She was the couple's eleventh child, and they went on to have eight more children after her. Her name means "pure grace."

Childhood Education

Katie was homeschooled growing up. She and her siblings were raised as active participants of the Institute in Basic Life Principles and its Advanced Training Institute.


Katie with Travis on her 19th birthday


On September 19, 2019, Katie announced via Facebook Live that she is in the beginning stages of a relationship with Travis Clark.[1] This confirmed speculation that the two were a couple that had been happening since they first appeared in each other's Instagram stories in late July 2019.[2]

On March 10, 2020, Katie announced that she is courting Travis Clark.[3]


On April 8, 2021, it was announced that Katie had accepted Travis' marriage proposal the previous day. The proposal took place in Key West, Florida at The Reach, where Travis sang a song he wrote for Katie.[4] On May 13, 2021, during an Instagram Q&A, Katie announced they were to marry in December 2021.[5]


On Friday, December 3, 2021, Katie married Travis at Castleton Farms in Loudon, Tennessee.[6]


On August 7, 2022, Katie and Travis announced via their Youtube channel and Instagram that they were expecting a baby, due in March, 2023.[7][8]


Katie with several of her siblings in an ad for Bringing Up Bates


In 2018 Katie enrolled in a one-year Bible program at Crown College of the Bible.[9] No official statement about her completion of this program has been released.

In fall of 2018, Katie began studying cosmetology at Crown College of the Bible.[10]

Television Appearances

Katie appeared on the TLC show 19 Kids and Counting many times as a child. In 2012, TLC aired one season of the show United Bates of America, which focused on Katie's family. In 2015, UpTV began airing a similar show, Bringing Up Bates, which is currently still airing new episodes. Katie is regularly featured in both shows.


Katie often models clothing for the Bates Sisters Boutique, an online clothing store owned by her sisters Erin Paine and Carlin Stewart, and her sister-in-law Whitney Bates.[11]

Flight Training

In 2019, Katie began taking flying lessons from her brother Nathan.[12] She has not currently earned her pilot's license.

Wedding Involvement

Katie has been involved in the following weddings:

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