Rev. Karla Fredericksen

Hi!  I’m Rev. Karla Fredericksen, pastor at Chehalis UMC since July 1, 2015.  AND UNTIL… July 1, 2021.  YES, I am about to retire.

Until then, my door is always open.

You can read more about the new pastor, Rev. Zachary Taylor, who will be coming on July 1, in a newsletter article in the June “Friendly Caller.”  (Out around the 1st of June.)

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.


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)