The Rev. Stacey Kohl began her ministry as curate at St. Mark’s on Sunday, July 2nd. Stacey was ordained to the diaconate (that is, as a deacon) in June and will be ordained to the priesthood most likely in December.
A curate is a brand new clergy person in his or her first call. Like a medical resident, the curate can function fully as a clergy person and has an “attending” priest there for council and oversight. Stacey will be our curate for about two years and then we will send her out into the wider church to pursue the call God puts on her heart and in the community.
Here’s a little interview to help you get to know Stacey a little better.
Q: Where are you from? And what’s your family makeup?
A: I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. My parents and twin younger brothers all still live in Missouri. One of my brothers is married with two little daughters. Zach and I got married in 2009.
Q: And where do you live now?
A: Zach and I live in New London.
Q: Trace your path to the Episcopal Church
A: I was born and raised in the Southern Baptist Church. In college, I began attending a large, evangelical non-denominational church in Columbia, MO, and after college I started working there. I focused on the arts and reaching out to people who didn’t like church. I was there for almost ten years, and I left to go back to school. I went to Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN and focused on the Hebrew Scriptures. My theology shifted in seminary, and I no longer felt at home in the evangelical church. When Zach and I arrived in CT, I discovered the Episcopal Church and loved the community and theology.
Q: How do you participate in God’s mission?
A: I listen and watch for where God is already moving. Part of my calling is, and always has been, joining with God where God is already at work. I especially feel called to participate as a storyteller. Telling our stories and God’s story together is so important.
Q: Can you expand on the importance of story?
A: I think one of the most powerful ways we participate with God is through story, both through scripture and in our personal lives. The more we come to know our own story and the stories of others, the more we see God at work.
Q: You like to tell stories in your sermons. How has being a storyteller affected your preaching?
A: The greatest preachers I have heard are the ones who tell stories. We understand our world through stories. When we are trying to understand our life with God, what better way than through a story; through something that is intimately familiar to all of us.
Q: What do you like to do for fun?
A: I particularly like to be outdoors, especially the beach. Zach and I like to go on adventures, taking long drives to see things we’ve never experienced. I like spending time with our Old English Sheepdog Barkley.
Q: What are most looking forward to in your curacy?
A: I’m most looking forward to getting back to the daily life of ministry, to living life with people instead of just studying about it at school.
Welcome, Stacey, to St. Mark’s!