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


Bloomville


Bullville


Cairo


Callicoon: Riverside


Catskill


Centerville


Chatham


Coeymans Hollow: Trinity


Conesville Chapel


Copake: Community


Coxsackie: First


Delhi: United Ministry


Dormansville: First


Downsville: Colchester Community


Durham-Oak Hill


East Branch/Harvard


East Chatham


East Jewett


Ellenville


Fosterdale


Gilboa


Glenco Mills


Goshen


Grahamsville


Grand Gorge


Greenville: Asbury


Halcott Center


Harpersfield


High Hill


Highland: First


Hillsdale: First


Hobart


Hudson: Trinity


Hurleyville


Jefferson


Jeffersonville


Kenoza Lake


Kerhonkson


Kingston: Clinton Ave


Kingston: St. James


Kripplebush


Lanesville


Lexington-Westkill


Liberty


Livingston Manor


Lloyd


Margaretville


Maybrook


Middletown, NY: St. Paul's


Milton-Marlboro


Modena: Memorial


Mongaup Valley


Monticello


Napanoch: St. Mark's


Narrowsburg


New Milford-Edenville


New Paltz


North Blenheim


North Branch


North Hillsdale


Olivebridge


Palenville: Simpson Memorial


Philmont


Phoenicia


Plutarch


Port Ewen: Town of Esopus


Quarryville


Ridgebury: Grace


Rock Hill


Roscoe: United Church


Roxbury


Samsonville


Saugerties


Shady


Shandaken: Memorial


Shokan: Reservoir


South Cairo: Sandy Plains


Stamford, NY


Stone Ridge: Rondout Valley


Sugar Loaf


Summit


Sundown


Tannersville: Kaaterskill


Township


Ulster Heights


Walden


Walker Valley: Mountain View


Walton: First


Warwick


West Fulton


Westbrookville


White Sulphur Springs


Windham-Hensonville


Woodridge


Woodstock: Overlook


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Events

9/28/2023 10:00:00 AM - (BOOM) Mentor Training for Clergy

9/29/2023 12:00:00 AM - IgniteNJ Youth Conference

9/30/2023 1:00:00 PM - BMCR Black College Fund Luncheon

10/3/2023 10:00:00 AM - Healthy Transitions Fall 2023

10/8/2023 12:00:00 AM - Pastor's Appreciation Day

10/10/2023 12:00:00 AM - Fall Clergy Convocation

10/14/2023 9:30:00 AM - Basic Lay Servant Class

10/15/2023 12:00:00 AM - Laity Sunday

10/15/2023 10:00:00 AM - Basic Lay Servant Class

10/17/2023 6:30:00 PM - Sexual Ethics & Boundaries Training (Zoom)

10/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - Conference UWFaith Annual Meeting

11/2/2023 12:00:00 AM - Compass Fall Educational Opportunity

11/2/2023 4:00:00 PM - Catskill Hudson District Day with Bishop Bickerton

11/2/2023 6:30:00 PM - ERT Re-Certification Training (ZOOM)

11/4/2023 1:15:00 PM - Catskill Hudson UWFaith Annual Meeting

11/9/2023 6:30:00 PM - ERT Re-Certification Training (ZOOM)

11/9/2023 7:00:00 PM - Conference Higher Ed and Campus Ministry meeting

11/10/2023 12:00:00 AM - Shine! NYAC Youth Retreat

11/13/2023 6:30:00 PM - Personnel Committee Meeting (ZOOM)

11/14/2023 5:30:00 PM - Camping & Retreat Ministry Board Meeting

11/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - Laity Convocation

1/8/2024 6:30:00 PM - Personnel Committee Meeting (ZOOM)

1/26/2024 5:00:00 PM - Compass Spirituality Retreat

3/11/2024 12:00:00 PM - Personnel Committee Meeting

3/11/2024 4:00:00 PM - CH District Day with Bishop Bickerton

3/14/2024 12:00:00 AM - Compass Spring Trip

5/21/2024 7:00:00 PM - Compass Spring Educational Opportunity