Rev. Karla Miller began as our settled pastor in February 2019. She comes to First Congregational UCC with over 33 years of a variety of ministries in Florida, Asheville and Raleigh, NC and Massachusetts. Most recently, Karla was the Minister for Community Life at Old North Church UCC in Marblehead, MA.
Rev. Miller earned a B.S. in Religious Studies from Wheaton College in Illinois and a Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Karla also has significant continuing education and professional development, including in marriage and pastoral counseling, women in ministry, suicide prevention, and ceramics in spiritual expression.
Karla is married to Dr. Anne (Liz) Thurston, who is in higher education administration, most recently as Director of Student Affairs at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. Karla and Liz have three dogs and two cats, and are very dedicated to animal welfare. In her free time she enjoys knitting, hiking, reading and cooking.