Kim joined the Southeast Conference as our settled Conference Minister in September 2021. She earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Aurora University and her Master of Divinity from Bethany Theological Seminary. Kim has served as an associate minister, a solo pastor, a head of staff/senior minister, and a bridge pastor, and she is experienced in both settled and intentional interim ministry. She has worked extensively with congregations in transition, conflict resolution, and revitalization in suburban/urban and rural settings. Kim and her spouse, Ron, celebrate the gift God has given them in a beautiful family that includes four children, their spouses/significant others, and one adorable grandchild. Kim enjoys music, reading, sports, history, and story, learning about other faith traditions, visiting new places and landscapes, game nights with family and friends, and meeting people wherever she might be. Learn more about Kim.
Heather is originally from Des Moines, Iowa, where she was raised in the UCC. Heather has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Religion from Simpson College. While at Simpson, Heather was a member of Delta Delta Delta, and it was through that membership that she discovered that she is good with the Administrative side of organizational work. She moved to Atlanta in 2010 to attend Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, graduating with a Master of Divinity. In addition to being the ACM for the Southeast Conference, Heather is the Administrative Minister at Kirkwood UCC in Atlanta. She also helps teach a UCC History and Polity class with the Rev. Dr. Tim Downs. Her interests include interfaith work, refugee support, and modern biblical interpretations. She enjoys playing board games with friends, reading, and getting her two cats, Merlyn and Gwen, to chase red dots around the house in her spare time.
As a child growing up in rural Arkansas, church attendance was not a choice, it was a requirement. As an adult, Carrole became actively involved in the life of the church. Carrole has been an active part of the United Church of Christ for many years and currently serves on the Southeast Conference Commission on Ministry and Preparation for Authorized Ministry team lead. She is also a Certified Healthy Boundary Trainer for both the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. Carrole was educated at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY, Theology among the People graduate, and PATHWAYS participant. Carrole is passionate about organizing new churches and justice and seizes every opportunity to participate and educate. Carrole is an ordained Minister and currently serves at Victory for the World Church as a Pulpit Minister, Benevolence Chair, and Victory over Grief Ministry. She is a mother of two adult children and a grandmother. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, experiencing new cultures, meeting new people reading, and taking long walks with her granddog, Bailee.
Don has been involved in church life since he was a youngster growing up in New Jersey. He was active in his local United Methodist Church youth group in junior and senior high school, participated in many church committees, was twice a youth delegate to Annual Conference, and was a summer counselor at a church camp. As an adult, Don has been a youth leader at churches in Maryland and Georgia, led small group Bible studies, taught Sunday School, played trumpet with the brass ensemble, and served on countless committees. He also served as the Communications Minister for Kirkwood UCC in Atlanta and the United Church of Cookeville in Tennessee. Don has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oklahoma and is a registered architect. He’s been a Project Management Professional (PMP) with technology companies for over 25 years. Don is married to Rev. James Bowman Harris, a UCC minister, and is the father of Emma, a student at Brevard College in North Carolina.