Catskill Hudson District

Superintendent

Rev. Karen Monk

Rev. Karen A. Monk 

The Reverend Dr. Karen A. Monk is the superintendent of the Catskill Hudson District of the New York Conference of the United Methodist Church.  A native Texan, Karen graduated from Southwestern University before migrating east to attend Union Theological Seminary in New York City where she earned the Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Theology, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

Karen celebrates the unique nature of life in rural settings and brings expertise in representing mountain life and the people who make up the Catskill Hudson region.  Ordained in 1989, she has spent most of her pastoral career serving within the bounds of the Catskill Hudson District, most recently serving as the pastor of the Kaaterskill/East Jewett Charge for 16 years. She also served at Clinton Avenue and St. James, both in Kingston, and at Olivebridge and Samsonville.  Having had lifegiving experiences of spiritual formation through youth ministry and camping, she has volunteered in the NYAC camps and served as the director of the former Epworth Camp and Retreat Center.  Karen has also served on Volunteer in Mission teams to Bolivia and Ecuador. Trained through the UMCOR Academy, she has worked in a variety of disaster relief and recovery efforts as an early response team member and in disaster spiritual care.

Karen excels in mentoring, and has served for many years on the Board of Ordained Ministry and the District Committee on Ministry.  An engaging teacher, she has taught lay servant courses, in the certified lay minister series, and at the Northeastern Jurisdiction’s local pastor’s licensing school, as well as teaching in district leader-to-leaders training days. 

Beyond her theological education, Karen completed clinical training in psychotherapy with the Harlem Family Institute, working with children in an East Harlem school. While serving in rural communities, she was an emergency medical technician for 20 years. A country preacher who loves jazz, dogs, and football, Karen is blessed to share life with her spouse, Shannon, and her 11-year-old stepdaughter.

 

Churches


Andes


Ashland: Community


Athens Federated


Blenheim Hill: Brimstone


Bloomville


Bullville


Cairo


Callicoon


Catskill


Centerville


Chatham


Coeymans Hollow: Trinity


Conesville Chapel


Copake


Coxsackie: First


Craryville


Delhi: United Ministry


Dormansville: First


Downsville: Colchester Community


Durham-Oak Hill


East Branch/Harvard


East Chatham


East Jewett


Ellenville


Fleischmanns


Fosterdale


Gilboa


Glenco Mills


Grahamsville


Grand Gorge


Greenville: Asbury


Halcott Center


Hankins


Harpersfield


High Hill


Highland: First


Hillsdale: First


Hobart


Hudson: Trinity


Hurleyville


Jefferson


Jeffersonville


Kaaterskill


Kauneonga Lake: Community


Kenoza Lake


Kerhonkson


Kingston: Clinton Ave


Kingston: St. James


Kripplebush


Lanesville


Lew Beach


Lexington-Westkill


Liberty


Livingston Manor


Lloyd


Margaretville


Maybrook


Middletown, NY: St. Paul's


Milton-Marlboro


Modena: Memorial


Mongaup Valley


Monticello


Mountain View


Napanoch: St. Mark's


Narrowsburg


New Paltz


North Blenheim


North Branch


North Hillsdale


Olivebridge


Palenville: Simpson Memorial


Philmont


Phoenicia


Plutarch


Prattsville Community


Quarryville


Reservoir


Rock Hill


Roscoe: United Church


Roxbury


Samsonville


Saugerties


Shady


Shandaken: Memorial


South Cairo: Sandy Plains


Stamford, NY


Stone Ridge: Rondout Valley


Summit


Sundown


Town of Esopus


Township


Ulster Heights


Walden


Walton: First


West Fulton


Westbrookville


White Sulphur Springs


Windham-Hensonville


Woodridge


Woodstock: Overlook

District Administrative Assistant


Karen Yostpille

Address:
20 Soundview Ave
White Plains, NY 10606

Office Phone: 914-615-2233
Fax: 914-401-0676

Email: CHdistrict@nyac-umc.com


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