Pastor Karen Boda most recently served as Assistant to the Bishop for Congregational Life in the ELCA Southeastern Synod, with primary responsibilities for the mobility process, stewardship, women in ministry, and boundaries training.
Previously, Pastor Karen served as pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Clay, AL, just north of Birmingham. She served as chaplain for the preschool and was active with ecumenical partners in community worship and feeding programs. She was a Synod Dean and member of the Synod Compensation, Personnel, and Discipline Committees, plus the Region 9 Women in Ministry Core Team. She served two terms on synod council.
Pastor Karen graduated from Candler School of Theology at Emory University and affiliated with Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS), interning at St. Luke, Atlanta, GA. She is a second-career pastor, having previously been a director in customer support at Hewlett Packard and a partner in a small management consulting firm. Pastor Karen and her husband were long-time members at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Marietta, GA. They have three adult children, Brian, Katherine, and Allison, plus a sweet pup named Rosie. All of the Bodas graduated from Furman University, Greenville, SC and their blood runs purple – go Dins! Pastor Karen and her husband currently reside in Decatur.
Bill VanDyke, Clarinet and Sax
Asuria Austin, Bass
Doug Ponier on Drums
Jean Feister, Organist