Providence is blessed to have a new pastor, Rev. Karen Witt. Karen graduated from Union Theological Seminary in May of 2013. In the ten years prior to attending seminary, Karen served as the Director of Children’s Ministries at Sandia Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, NM. During her tenure there, Karen became a Certified Associate Christian Educator (PCUSA) and discovered her gifts for ministry and her passion for including children in the life of the congregation.
Attending Union represented a home-coming, however, as Karen is a Virginia native who was raised in Goochland. She grew up active in the life of Salem Baptist Church, baptized by immersion when she was eight years old. Karen graduated from the College of William & Mary with a B.S. in Biology and then pursued a degree in nursing. She worked for seven years as an RN, mostly in Labor and Delivery. Karen admits that her life’s path has been long and winding, but notes that there is a common refrain in all of her experiences, played out as compassionate concern for and service to others, and a true desire to make a difference. Karen states that she is continually amazed by the surprises God has in store for her, and Providence is certainly one of them! She is awed by God’s steadfast love and provision and has often found great comfort in scripture passages like Romans 8:38-39 that claim this boundless love.
To relax, Karen likes to garden, do yoga, and go for walks with her two Schnauzers, Max and Izzy. She also enjoys hanging out with her family – her husband, Grant Riley, and her two sons, Forrest, 19, and Taylor, 24.
Providence’s people welcome you, Karen, with gratitude, open arms and great anticipation!