Associate Pastor Starting in July

Plans are being formulated to welcome the Rev. Kristina Roth-Klinck as our new Associate Pastor, starting July 1st. She will serve part-time at Lovely Lane and part-time at Matthew 25. In this COVID19 time, we are hoping to find creative and appropriate ways to welcome Kristina and her husband, Ryan.

Here’s a little bit about Kristina and Ryan, since it was some months back that we introduced them to you. The following is what Kristina shared with us in our January 2020 newsletter.

Kristina was raised in Iowa as a pastor’s kid. (Her father is a pastor in the Iowa Conference.) She graduated in 2014 from Simpson College with a degree in Elementary Education. While at Simpson, she was a worship intern, led the praise band, and later became President of Religious Life Community. While serving in that role, she was on the presidential and chaplain search committees at Simpson.

After graduation, she taught 3rd grade for 3 years in the Fairfield Community School District. She and her sister shared an apartment in Mount Pleasant, IA, attending Mount Pleasant FUMC. There she started and led the praise band and was the Lay Leader. It was at that church that she answered her call into ministry and began the candidacy process in the UMC.

In the Fall of 2017, Kristina began her studies at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, TX, where she met Ryan. While in Dallas, she had lived in one of the intentional living communities under The Missional Wisdom Foundation. She and her housemates did ministry with their homeless neighbors, opening up their home for a community meal every Weds. night. She recently finished her last year of seminary, while on staff at White Rock UMC and Missional Wisdom Foundation. (The church and the foundation explore and experiment with alternative forms of Christian community.) Kristina was on leadership at their missional campus which launched a dinner church in October of 2018.

Ryan graduated from Perkins in May 2018, and recently worked for Missional Wisdom Foundation and Neighboring Movement. He trains churches in asset-based community development, is a certified spiritual director, and is on staff for a spiritual direction training program.
Ryan and Kristina got married in Dallas on January 18, and recently purchased a home in Cedar Rapids. They enjoy hiking, reading, being creative, playing music, and cooking up gluten-free treats. They have been continually in prayer for Lovely Lane and for their transition into ministry with us.