Rev. Karla Fredericksen

Hi!  I’m Rev. Karla Fredericksen, pastor at Chehalis UMC since July 1, 2015.

I am excited to be part of the mission and ministry of the Chehalis United Methodist Church, and  hope that anyone who wants to meet me to become better acquainted will drop in.  My door is always open.

My philosophy is that the church is not a household of perfect persons, but aKarla w Bread hospital for sinners.  We all need help from time-to-time, and the best place to find and give help is in community.  Christians are not perfect, but those who are striving together to become better followers of Jesus Christ.

I hope that you will join us in the exciting venture of finding a better way of living that honors God and helps your fellow journeyers along the way.

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I am married to Dr. Mark Fredericksen, who is a naturopathic physician with his practice in Renton, Washington.  We have three grown children – a daughter, Emily, who graduated in 2015 from Seattle Pacific University, another daughter, Abby, continuing work on her degree at North Seattle College – both work in a Montessori School in Seattle.   And our son, Owen and his wife Ginny and 2 grandchildren live and work in Kent.  He is manager of a sporting goods store, she is a medical transcriptionist.

I graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1977 with a B.A. in Applied Psychology, and two year’s of master’s level work in School Psychology.  My Masters of Divinity was from St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri.  While there I served as assistant pastor in two congregations.  And coming back to the Northwest, I was ordained in 1985.

My experience as lead pastor spans 30 years before coming to Chehalis, and the following five congregations here in Washington State:

  • Orting United Methodist (Orting)
  • Kennydale United Methodist (Renton)
  • Riverton Park United Methodist (Tukwila)
  • Des Moines United Methodist (Des Moines, WA)
  • Wallingford United Methodist (Seattle)