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I come to Carbondale from Evansville, Indiana, where I was called in 1993 to serve as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church.  Prior to that, I served a parish in Detroit. In 1996, I was trained and called as an Intentional Interim Pastor. I am appointed by the Synod bishop to help the congregation in its transition, so they can make wise decisions about their ministry and calling their next pastor.

A 1973 Valparaiso (Indiana) University grad, I was one of the first women students at Christ Seminary-Seminex in St. Louis after the walk-out in 1974 from Concordia Seminary (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod).

Ordained in 1981 in the AELC, the church body formed out of the split from the Missouri Synod, I was a chaplain for two years in St. Louis and Omaha hospitals, and moved to Minneapolis for a volunteer year, where I worked with the homeless and with battered women. As the ELCA was being formed, I was called to represent the AELC in planning coordinated Twin Cities area ministries, and alongside that job, I worked with volunteers at a crisis phone line.

In Evansville, I have been active with a faith-based community known for its arts-based programs for children. I’m single and own a home in Evansville. Most of my family still lives in Minnesota, where I grew up.

I look forward to working with you to discover what God has in mind for Epiphany Lutheran Church. 


 


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08/22/2016 7:42am

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09/02/2016 3:15am

A good person inside and out. You have helped a lot of people through volunteering and church services. God has used you to preach the good news to other people. Don't get tired of doing what you do and what you do best. God will shower you with lots of blessings.

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09/17/2016 2:52am

Thank you for your post Pastor Karen. May I just say you also look great on this picture. I can see love shining from your eyes. I know you will be very valuable to the community. You will guide them while they try to find themselves. You will be a blessing. We are lucky to be hearing God's words from a great soul like you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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08/11/2016 6:22am

We can see she served in church for long time that thing made her different from others and she have long experience of that job. She is looking nice in this photo because of her beautiful smile and i want her to share her experience with us.

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