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...On December 1, 1996, Karen Alden, our former Associate Pastor, began her new position as Pastor of the United Methodist Church in Vienna, Missouri.
We will miss her
very much, but "a church of her
own" has been one of Karen's
goals since she
study for the ministry, and we are proud of her
and wish her
the best. Karen Alden, former associate pastor of the Rolla First United Methodist Church, was the program coordinator beginning in 1985.
In 1993 she
entered the candidacy for ministry and has been pursuing that end through the course of study school at St. Paul's School of Theology, Kansas City, MO.She
is looking forward to being appointed to her
own church in the near future and completing her
schooling in two mor years.Karen's primary functions at the Rolla church still lie in programming; however, she
quite often acts in the pastoral role.Because she
is not in the pulpit every week at her
current appointment, she
is often called upon to preach at other churches in the district.She serves as Chairperson of the Missouri East Conference Board of Education, chairs the District Council on Ministries for the Jefferson City/Rolla District, and is a certified lab school leader for the junior high age level. Karen
is married to Bill Alden, retired forester with the U.S.