My journey in life began in the Panhandle of Texas where I was born and raised with two sisters. For the first fourteen years of my life my dad sold pharmaceuticals and farmed and ranched on the side. Later, my mom and dad opened a Western and Casual Store. Over the years, my family worked together farming and then working in retail.
I remained in the Panhandle for my undergraduate studies at Texas Tech University. I received my BA in Psychology with a minor in literature. It was there that I paid attention to the calling of God to go into the ministry.
A few months after graduation, I enrolled at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO in 1991. I met my husband, Ron Harris, there and we married in 1993. I finished school in the spring of 1994, was appointed to Lexington UMC in NE as Associate Pastor and was ordained deacon at Annual Conference all within a few months. In 1996, I was ordained as a full elder. I served the Lexington church until 1999.
Expecting our first child, Elisha, we moved to Pleasanton. I served the Pleasanton and Ravenna Zion churches for 6 years. There, we had our second child, Alexandria.
In 2005, we moved to Geneva, where Ron was appointed. I took two years off to have our third daughter, Micah. In the ensuing years, I served Milligan for seven years and Fairmont Community UMC for 4 ½ years on a part-time basis.
When we moved to Aurora, last year, I served in Grand Island for the UM4GI (Trinity and First Faith part time.
Some of my hobbies are enjoying the outdoors, reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
I am passionate about serving God and being in ministry because the ministry offers so many opportunities to create pathways for the Spirit of God to open doors to people's lives. It is a joy to serve Christ with so many people who are committed to their faith and want to share it through acts of kindness and words of encouragement. God is good.
Rev. Karla Sheffy