Pastor Karen has a passion for faith formation and Lutheran traditions. She loves preaching, teaching and worship design. She was born in Traverse City, Michigan and grew up in Ann Arbor, but has lived overseas as a missionary in Lae, Papua New Guinea and in Kaohsiung, Taiwan as well as working and studying in Minnesota and Ohio. She trained for pastoral ministry at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and served a year of internship in Wausau, Wisconsin, before graduating in 1991. She was ordained on November 10, 1991 at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor, MI, and her first call was as an associate pastor to St John Lutheran Church in Ashwaubenon, WI. Pastor Karen started as a solo pastor at St. Andrew’s on November 15, 1995. She has felt that Oshkosh was a wonderful place to raise her one daughter, Libby, and she would like to contribute to the health and well-being of this community.