Rev. Karen Knodt, Intentional Interim Minister:
After graduating from Hiram College (biology and religion), Vanderbilt University Divinity School, and the World Council of Churches/University of Geneva, I served as campus minister at SIU (Disciples, UCC, Presbyterian, Brethren), 1985 – 1997, at what is now Gaia House. For part of that time I taught scripture in the Religious Studies department. I also participated in national and international student movements, and was privileged to participate in study and work travel to Europe, West Africa, the Middle East, and Central America. Other than serving as a chaplain at the Marion VA hospital for a year, since 1997 I’ve trained and served as an intentional interim pastor in UCC, Lutheran, and Presbyterian churches in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Missouri. I feel called to working with lay leaders and members to help listen for God’s voice leading their church to a next phase of ministry with a settled pastor. I’ve enjoyed exploring new areas and meeting new people. I’m committed to the vision of local churches being communities of compassion, learning, and compelling worship for their members, and agents of change in their communities – making this world more like Jesus showed us it could be – offering extravagant welcome, human wholeness, and justice. Let’s get busy following Jesus and loving all God’s people!