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Our Pastor: Rev. Kara Wilson

Kara Wilson (usually referred to as "Pastor Kara") is a licensed local pastor in the United Methodist Church, and she is currently a student in the Master of Divinity program at Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Pastor Kara is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, and has attended United Methodist churches since she was in third grade. The experiences and relationships she had growing up in the United Methodist Church helped her to understand that God loves everyone and cares for all people very deeply. During her time dabbling in evangelical campus ministries and churches during college, her eyes were opened to how God was preparing her to be in relationship with other Christians as a leader in a faith community.

After she got her B.A. in Communication Studies and English from Vanderbilt University, she worked at her home church in Lee's Summit, Missouri, as the Worship Coordinator. While she served that church, she began the process of becoming an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. Kara was certified as a candidate for ordained ministry in the spring of 2018.


In all ways, Pastor Kara listens deeply for God's call. In her words, she says:


"God’s call has led me to you, the people of Monticello First United Methodist Church and Jasper County. I cannot wait to hear what God is calling us to next. I am ready to listen, and I hope you are, too. I have no doubt that God brought us all together for a divine purpose, and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for all of us."