FCC is pleased to welcome our first pastoral intern, Karen Ferguson!
Karen will worship alongside us for the next nine months as she discerns how God is calling her to serve as a Disciples of Christ minister. Karen will work closely with Pastor Nancy, giving her opportunities for trying on the mantle of leadership and expanding her imagination about what is possible in congregational life. Like every congregation, FCC Puyallup has unique characteristics, potential, and even quirks that can only be learned by having ministry experience in a congregation. We are so pleased to welcome her into our family!
Karen is a seminary student at Claremont School of Theology working toward ordination with the NW Region of Disciples of Christ. She lives in Olympia where she has been a member of FCC Olympia for the past 12 years. Her experience with the Disciples goes way back to young adolescence at First Christian Church in Vancouver, Washington. According to Karen, what’s most important to know about her is that she is the grandmother of two delightful 2½ year olds: Ruby, who just moved to New York City and Ember, who lives in Juneau, Alaska. In spite of geographical distance, they are very close. Karen also has three adult children, two son-in-laws, and a husband, Jeb, who will visit us from time to time. Karen left her career as a middle school teacher to answer God’s call to the ministry. She is discerning between chaplaincy and congregational ministry and looks forward to sharing her flute and ministerial gifts this year as we learn and grow together.