The Rev. Karen Horst, (Dip. C.E., B.A., M.R.E., M.Div.)
Karen Horst began working as a diaconal minister as a Regional Educational Consultant resourcing congregations and developing leaders. As minister of Word and Sacraments, she has served different-sized congregations including as an interim minister. Currently, she is minister of St. Andrew’s, Orillia.
She has served on many national committees such as Life and Mission Agency Committee, Board of Congregational Life, International Affairs Committee, Committee on Education and Reception and Think Tank Team. She was the convener of PWS&D for six years and has led many monitoring and exposure tours to various parts of the world. She has served on design teams for Triennium and at guidance conferences for ministerial discernment. Karen has represented our denomination in church school curriculum design and has written countless study-guides and courses for all ages including Canada Youth, the Elders’ Institute, Knox College and a consortium of North American denominations. She has been a keynote speaker at women’s conferences, presbyteries and youth events. She has mentored a number of seminary students.
Her passions are her family, especially her four granddaughters, international development, leading conferences, and assisting congregations in strategic planning and conflict resolution. Her sense of humour has been a great asset. She enjoys the family motorcycle with her husband and her congregation’s motorcycle gang called the “Holy Rollers”.