Karen Ann Sumner
Position Title at SSUMC
What is your favorite scripture verse?
Romans 8:28 (CEB) – “… God works all things together for good for the ones who love God for those who are called according to his purpose.”
What keeps you working and worshiping at St. Stephen UMC?
Feeling like God put me here.
One thing you like most about St. Stephen UMC.
The people are so sweet, friendly and helpful.
What areas do you cover as a part of the staff at St. Stephen UMC?
Basically all of them.
What exactly do you do at St. Stephen UMC?
Manage the office, man the phone, make copies, balance Sunday’s offerings, input attendance, communication with The Scoop, newsletters, and Constant Contact, bulletins, order supplies, coordinate facility rentals, handle maintenance issues, 1st time visitor letters and database, sort and distribute mail, keep pastor’s calendar, answer door.
What is your favorite aspect of ministry?
Contact with people. I’ve visited with, listened to, spoke with, and prayed for and with.
When did you know you wanted to serve God by going into ministry?
All my life, I’ve had an urging, or hunger for it. The only time it is satisfied is when I am in the midst of God’s children, and doing God’s work.
Tell us a little about your family.
I have 3 grown children, Brian, Troy and Kim. Brian drives a truck for the post office, is married to Alisha, has my 3-year-old grandson, Cody, and is expecting their second. Troy is active reserve at the Joint Reserve Base and has just gotten his Tech Sergeant. He is married to Cassie, has recently adopted my other grandkids, Andrew, 14 years old, and Taryn, 13 years old. My daughter, Kim, just finished her Masters in Accounting at UNT, is working on her CPA, and is working for Grant Thornton, in downtown Dallas. She is engaged to Dan, and they are planning a May 2016 wedding in St. Thomas.
Who are some of your heroes?
Jesus, of course, Esther from the Old Testament, Mother Teresa, and Corrie ten Boom.
Any spiritual gifts we should know about?
I am working to follow in my mother’s footsteps as a prayer warrior. I have constant conversations with God, thanking Him for all of my blessings, and in intercession for others.
What’s your quirkiest characteristic?
I can pop both cheeks with my finger.
Any favorite movies or books?
Almost any book by Adam Hamilton or Joel Rosenberg. Chick Flicks for movies, mostly.
Are there any pets in your household?
Have always had some type of animals in our house. We are all animal lovers. Right now, only two dogs.
What is your educational history?
I was 2 semesters away from getting my bachelors in business administration when I quit to get married. Attended at least 5 different universities, but being military, never stayed in one place to finish my degree.
Are you currently in school? If so, what are you studying?
I am always in at least one Bible study or book study. Right now, I’m taking Disciple 4.
Are you a good student? Why or why not?
I’m a good student because I love taking notes and learning.
What kind of music/media do you have on your iPod?
No iPod, but on Pandora, I have contemporary Christian music. I like Third Day, Sidewalk Apostles, Mercy Me, Casting Crowns, and Crowder Band.
What is your favorite TV show as a child?
Anything with animals – Lassie, Flipper, and the like.
Who's your favorite Biblical character?
Esther. She showed courage and family loyalty by staying with her mother-in-law, Naomi. My mother’s middle name was Esther.
Have you ever had an embarrassing moment? Please share!
Which one? When I was young, we were on a family trip in the family’s station wagon that had electric windows. I was in the back seat, which faces backwards. The window was down, and I was flirting with a policeman, who was driving behind us. My Dad, who was driving, didn’t realize I was hanging out the back window and rolled my nose up in it. The policeman escorted us to the hospital. The rest of the way home, my brother and sisters were angry because I had the whole middle seat to myself, laying down with an ice pack on my face.
What’s your favorite toy? Why?
The outside. We were always exploring, wading in the creek, fishing, flying kites, playing ball. I love science and almost majored in it in college – until I had to take physics.
So, what gets on your nerves?
Rude or dishonest people
You have a unique hobby. What is it?
I am obsessed with prayer and have many, many Bibles and books.