“It is an exciting and challenging place to serve,” Karen says. “Many residents are challenged by the remote location and the high cost of living. Even though an oil refinery is close by, the area pays some of the highest costs for fuel (heating and gas) in the nation.”
Born in Mt. Vernon, Washington, Karen attended the University of Washington and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing in 1982. She did her graduate studies at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and earned her Masters of Divinity degree in theology and pastoral ministry in 1985.
Karen continued her graduate studies in Washington, earning a master’s equivalency in marriage and family therapy at the Presbyterian Counseling Service at Seattle Pacific University, and a master’s certificate in spiritual direction at Gonzaga University, Spokane. She was ordained an elder in 1987 and is a member of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference.
Pastor — Rev. Karen Martin Tichenor Lay Leader — Susie Smalley
Lay Delegate to Annual Conference — Cosette Kilfoyle
U. M. W. President — Seat Open Men Who Cook — Mike Gebhard
Our leadership structure is divided into three main groups — Admin Team chaired by Rich Barton takes care of the financial and stewarship areas as well as caring for all of the physical property of the church. Pretty much any questions or concerns with the money to be directed to them. The buildings needs to be directed to the Trustee chair, Jack Castimore or Steve Latz. We have an active trustee group.
The Mission and Ministry Team are responsible for all of the activities inside and outside the church. Programs, events, worship, Christian education are coordinated through this group or one of its sub-groups. Kristin Lommel is the chair.
Lay Leadership and Staff/Parish is a combination of these two groups that have the overall responsibility of indentifying, recruiting, equipping, and supporting all those who provide any kind of leadership. Lay Leadership works primarily with the laity of the church and Staff/Parish works primarily with the pastor to care for the relationship between the pastor and the people. Lay Leadership is chaired by the Pastor with help from __________ as Vice-Chair, and Staff/Parish is chaired by co-chair Troy Castimore.