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Rev. Dr. Karen Ballard

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Pastor Karen is a Ceres, CA native.  If you asked her how she ended up in Rome, PA she would answer, “I followed God here.”  After graduating with a BA in Vocal Performance from California State University, Stanislaus she followed God to South Hamilton, MA (on the North Shore of Boston) to attend Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary from which she graduated with an M.Div. in 1995.  From there God led her to Fremont, OH where she served as Associate Pastor with emphasis on youth ministry at First Presbyterian.  And then she followed God and married Barry who was also in ministry.  One year after the birth of their daughter, Kirstyn, God called Barry to First Presbyterian Church in Wyalusing, PA.  (Karen thought it would be good to follow! J)  Several years later, after the birth of their son, Wesley, Karen followed God to fill in for a bit at the First Presbyterian Church of Rome.  And here we still are!  It has been a great adventure so far!

 

John 14:6 is a verse in which Jesus claims, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.” During a time of questioning and doubt, this verse became real and settled deep in Karen as a transformational truth.  Since then it has been the basis of her ministry whether it is preaching, teaching children or training leaders.  It shapes everything.

 

A hope for the future is to start a blog through this web site.  Another hope is to continue in ministry here, working to equip people to encounter Christ and be transformed by his love and grace.