I am a person passionate about walking with Jesus and invested in living out God’s messy love. It isn’t always easy, nor clear, but it is always rewarding and fulfilling, sometimes scary and often unpredictable. Walking with God is like that.

I am a pastor relatively new to the role, following God’s call to pastoral ministry after raising four girls, homeschooling for 20 years, tutoring and teaching part time.

I am United Methodist because of God’s invitation and because my heart was “strangely warmed” learning of John Wesley’s balance of personal holiness and outreach to a hurting world.

My personal mission in this world is to develop, illuminate, and heal communication and connection in a place just like this Whole Life Learning Place.

Karen Shimer
Lover of God, Pastor, Wife, Mom, Grammy, Friend