About Our Pastor

Pastor Karen Williams joined us as our new Pastor at the end of July 2014.  She was recently the Associate Pastor at Mount Carmel Lutheran Church in northeast Minneapolis.

Pastor Williams is a local gal, a graduate of Harding High School and a classmate of some of our current  members.  A widow, Karen is the mother of four grown sons.  She is also a gifted musician who served Mount Carmel Lutheran as music director in addition to her duties as associate pastor.

Karen’s education includes a B.A. in Religious Studies from Concordia College-St. Paul and a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary.  She has also taken post-graduate level classes in several areas such as business administration, leadership for church women, and stewardship in the 21st century.

While still in college, Karen worked as Director of Music for Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Oakdale, a position she held for seven years.  She did her internship for Luther Seminary at Zion Lutheran Church in Chisago City, Minnesota.  Upon completion of her internship, Rev. Williams continued on at Zion Lutheran as Director of Children’s Ministry. After completing her divinity degree, Pastor Williams was called to serve at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Bayport, Minnesota as associate pastor.  She stayed at Bethlehem Lutheran for six years before moving to her position at Mount Carmel Lutheran.

Her knowledge of the area, her expertise in youth and family ministry, and her experiences in parish ministry were thought to make her a great choice to be pastor here  at Grace