Pastor Karen Crawford
The Rev. Karen Crawford has served as pastor/head of staff of Merritt Island Presbyterian Church since October 2015. Karen, a Maryland native, served as chaplain of Codorus State Park in Hanover, Pennsylvania, and pastor of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in rural, southwestern Renville, Minnesota, before accepting the call to MIPC. Her education includes earning an M.Div. (2010) from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, and a B.S. (1989) and M.Ed. (1997) from Towson University in Towson, Maryland. She worked as a classroom teacher, reading specialist and religion and feature writer for the York Daily Record/Sunday News in York, Pennsylvania, before attending seminary. Karen’s husband, the Rev. Dr. Jim Crawford, is a “retired” PC (USA) pastor, who serves as our parish associate. They make their home in Melbourne, Florida, with son, Jacob, and a dog and cat--Mabel and Melvyn. They have five grown children, a daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters, Jessie and Madeline. Karen, in addition to leading worship and preaching, enjoys playing piano in our Praise Band, singing in our Chancel Choir, leading weekly chapel with Jim for the MIPC Preschool, crocheting with Heavenly Handmade, praying with the elementary school children in our Kids Klub performing arts group, and visiting and bringing communion to our homebound members.
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Kelly Franklin, Bookkeeper
Kelly was born in New Jersey and moved to Florida shortly after, where she grew up in Tampa. She married her husband, Travis, in 2002, here at MIPC. They moved around the state for a few years and settled in Brevard County in 2008. Kelly began working at MIPC in the church nursery on Sunday mornings. In January 2011, she became the bookkeeper. She also assists with Kids Klub, Sunday School and many other aspects of MIPC.
Kelly and Travis have three children: Matthew, Ashleigh, and Luke. In her spare time, she likes to read, watch movies and take her kids to the park. Kelly is currently working on her Bachelors in Accounting at Florida Institute of Technology.
Leslie Mitchell, Secretary and Praise Band Director
Leslie is originally from Michigan but has called Florida home for nearly 40 years. She has been attending MIPC since 1977 and became the Praise Band director when we first started our contemporary service in 1997. In 2014 she took on the added responsibility of being the church secretary. She holds a BS in Hospitality Management from Florida International University and has many years experience in both the business and music industries. She regularly plays in local bands and theaters, and accompanies students at solo & ensemble and drama competition. In her spare time, Leslie likes to read, watch movies, and has recently taken up running, completing several local 5K races. She lives in Rockledge and has three grown sons, TJ, Forrest & Sheldon, and two teenage cats, Ziggy and Nala.