Christen graduated Palmer Theological Seminary in May 2018. She began seminary studies after an almost two-decade career in nursing. “I was confused and terrified when God plucked me out of a ‘set’ life. I had three little girls at home and wondered how I would do this. Once I said ‘yes’, the how didn’t matter. God’s provision blew me away—and continues to do so!”
Christen relates to both the joy and the struggle of simultaneously navigating seminary, life, and vocational discernment. She served on Palmer’s Student Assembly as Vice Moderator and Moderator. “Palmer gifted me a sacred place to learn, to be covered by loving community, to discern, and to be transformed.” She believes Palmer, evidencing its character of incarnational witness, can continue to serve and to companion its alumni.
The lifelong Christian journey of becoming can be especially arduous and lonely for leaders of the Church. Christen feels a deep calling to come alongside her alumni peers as the presence and reflection of Christ’s love: listening one another into existence, meeting one another in joy and in sorrow, offering grace and acceptance, serving as an alumni community builder, and encouraging one another in the Spirit.
She is honored to participate in the Alumni Care Initiative ministry and to serve the Palmer community. Christen is Certified Ready to receive a call in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and serves at Eastern University as Adjunct Faculty.