Karen Muntzing

Pastoral Transition

It is with excitement and delight that our Staff-Parish Committee announce the appointment of Rev. Karen Muntzing as new lead pastor, beginning June 30th.

The committee has felt the weight of this pastoral search. Pastor Don is a beloved member of our family. After a decade of ministry, it’s difficult to imagine Christ Church without him. Yet, God is calling us to prepare for, anticipate, and imagine new things.

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee, with District Superintendent Dennis Miller, Bishop Palmer, and our West Ohio Conference Cabinet, spent months in prayer and deliberation, contemplating who would best lead us through this season of change. All involved rejoice that Pastor Karen is God’s choice for Christ Church. Pastor Karen’s reputation is known throughout West Ohio Conference and beyond. She was a highly sought after candidate. We are blessed at Christ Church to have her join us.

What are our next steps? 1) Honor and love Pastor Don well. Plans are underway for his retirement party on Sunday, June 2nd. Mark your calendar now. 2) Get to know Pastor Karen and her family through the bio below. Participate in the welcoming activities coming up in the future. 3) Meditate and pray on the prayer points at the bottom of this page. 4) Nurture a sense of hope and anticipation. God is doing good things in us all!

The following is a short bio of Pastor Karen and her family:

Pastor Karen Muntzing joins Christ United Methodist Church on June 30th, 2019.

Pastor Karen

  • MDiv. 2004, Methodist Theoloical School
  • full Elder ordination 2007
  • served Westgate UMC, Columbus, for 4 years
  • currently serving Hilliard UMC as Exec. Pastor for 11 years
  • is rejuvenated by being near or on the water
  • avid learner and admitted book addict
Karen & Bruce Muntzing | Pastor Karen Muntzing joins Christ United Methodist Church on June 30th, 2019.

Karen & Brook

  • married 32 years
  • backgrounds in restaurants and specialty foods
  • 10 years of small livestock farming
  • one daughter, Sarah


  • former chef
  • pitmaster (BBQ)
  • loves vegetable gardening
  • loves fishing


  • college student at Columbus State Community College
  • Team Manager at Graeter’s Ice Cream
  • very musical
  • see Sarah on this West Ohio Conference video speaking about the Laity Call.

Prayer Points

  1. Pray for Pastor Don & Sandy, that they know and experience how much we love them and are grateful for them.
  2. Pray for Pastor Karen, Brook, and Sarah, that their every need is met during this time of transition.
  3. Pray for Hilliard UMC, for Pastor Karen & Brook, as they each say their goodbyes and look to the future.
  4. Pray for yourself and our congregation, that we allow space to grieve as we say goodbye to Pastor Don & Sandy; while simultaneously, we allow ourselves to open our hearts and choose to love Pastor Karen and her family.
I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. – Jeremiah 29:11 (GNT)