Hi! I’m Kim, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC). I serve in ministry with the good people of United Church in Tallahassee, Florida. (Check us out! https://www.uctonline.org/
My husband Allen Mullinax and I–along with our two cats, Gracie and Dayo–moved to Tallahassee in March 2022. Gracie is solid black and is named for my favorite monastery: Our Lady of Grace in Beech Grove, Indiana. Dayo is a Yoruban name that means “joy arrives.” Dayo is a small tuxedo-looking kitty. Joy truly did arrive when Dayo and Gracie entered our lives in November 2010.
Allen is a pastoral counselor and church musician. We are partners both in ministry and in life. Life with Allen is a real kick!
I started my adult life as an elementary school music teacher (Lawton, Oklahoma), eventually felt a call to children’s ministry (because that was what I had seen women do in church), and went to seminary in Louisville, Kentucky (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary). Because the Southern Baptist Convention was very anti-women in ministry when I graduated (1992), I followed my professors’ advice and began PhD work. (NOTE: PhD work should never be a “plan B!”)
While doing doctoral studies at Emory University, my call was further clarified–I knew at last that I was called to pastor. Happily, Virginia-Highland Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA recognized my gifts for ministry and ordained me. After serving at Virginia-Highland for 18 months, a Pastor’s position opened at Pilgrimage UCC in Marietta, GA, where I served for 16 years. After Pilgrimage, I served First Congregational Church in Asheville, North Carolina. Now I serve United Church in Tallahassee…and am very happy to be here!
I’ve started this blog, first, as an archive for my sermons. I’m also doing it because I find living the faith life is easier when we share our struggles with each other. I am hopeful that as I share my struggles with faith, you will share yours, as well. Perhaps in the dialogue, we all will be strengthened and, through our sharing, draw just a little bit closer to God.
Welcome to the conversation!