Karen Thistlethwaite

Karen Thistlethwaite Karen first connected with the Presbytery of San Francisco as an inquirer, looking to discern God’s call for her life, resulting in among other things, her ordination in 2012. Since then, she has served a variety of churches in the Presbytery of San Francisco as an Associate Pastor of Congregational Care and Intergenerational Spiritual Formation, an Interim or Transitional Pastor, a Solo Pastor, and an Executive Pastor, as well as guest preaching, leading retreats, pastoral coaching, and church consulting. Karen has also gotten to know the Presbytery through serving as a member, co-chair, and chair of various leadership and service committees. Most recently, Karen gained dual standing with the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) while serving as Associate Pastor at Ladera Community Church.

Karen received her BA in Business and Economics from Westmont College and an M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She is a certified Interim Minister and has trained in Mediation and Healthy Communication Skills with the Mennonite Peace Center in Lombard, IL. Karen approaches all her work with a passion for authentic community. She seeks to serve God, find truth, pursue justice, care for others, and make a difference.

Reading, singing, enjoying nature, and exploring new places are some of Karen’s favorite things to do. Together with her husband, Bryan, she delights in seeing the world through the eyes of their young children, Siena and Colin, who are constantly showing their parents new ways to love, grow, and experience God.

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