MEET OUR STAFF
REV. KARL KROGER
Karl is passionate about loving God and loving others, and feels a calling to help others do the same. Having grown up in various places around South Dakota, he's grateful every day to be back in the beautiful Black Hills. Prior to being appointed to Grace UMC in 2013, Karl served at Southeast UMC in Pierre, SD and at East Belfast Mission in Northern Ireland.
Karl and his wife met at Dakota Wesleyan University. They have three young children who they are raising to "live loved." In his own words, Karl is committed to "proclaiming and demonstrating the good news of Jesus, his scandalous love for all, and his upside down Kingdom."
If you call or visit Grace UMC you're likely to first encounter Phyllis. Taking care of day to day operations for the church, Phyllis's love for Jesus and our church community is infused into every phone call, bulletin, and conversation with people who stop by the church. Let Phyllis welcome you into our community and be prepared to meet a new friend.
Youth & Children's Ministry Coordinator
Michelle brings a childlike faith, joy, and wonder to her ministry at Grace and the wider community. If you want your kids to discover the love of Jesus and be well taken care of, Michelle's got a great team committed to welcoming your children as Jesus did. In addition to overseeing our Nursery, Children's Church/Sunday School, and Youth Group, Michelle also helps our church put on Vacation Bible School, send kids to camp, and get youth and children plugged into worship and service.
Tending to the important ministry of financial administration, Cindy understands the big picture of what the church is all about. Additionally, she serves the church behind the scenes-- helping look after some of our shut-ins and facilitating the work of our Kitchen Committee. Cindy is a helper and a beacon of light. Should you have the opportunity to visit with Cindy, God is sure to work through her to lift your spirit!
Barb ensures that Grace is a place of hospitality, warmth, and comfort. Handling a variety of responsibilities connected to our facility, Barb understands each person has an important role to play in the Body of Christ. Barb also gives witness to the ways in which God desires to work through all of us, no matter our status or where we find ourselves.