Karen Althouse - Minister

Ministry has been part of my life from a young age. My ministerial status is one of a Synodically Authorized Lay Minister (S.A.L.M.), a special degree offered by the Lutheran Church following completion of a two-year course that included internships and leadership positions in various congregations. I became the regular Minister here at Friedens in 2017.

Before joining the ministry, I gave piano, flute and voice lessons. All this while being on numerous committees in my home church and serving as a supply preacher for various churches in the Reading area. I have a son, Matthew, who is a wonderful graphic artist, a computer programmer, and outstanding photographer.

I cannot tell you how blessed I am to be at Friedens. It is a very inviting congregation that I love deeply. God is in this place. I invite you to join us.

Carol Kantner - Administrative Assistant

I am a graduate of Tulpehocken High School and Millersville University. A lifelong member of Altahala Lutheran Church, I am also a church organist and currently serve as the organist for North Heidelberg UCC. My career has spanned that of a high school math teacher, to an auditor, trainer, and supervisor at Aetna Insurance. My husband Vaughn (Danny) and I have lived in Bernville since 1984, where our daughter Emily grew up. Following my retirement from Aetna, I started working at Friedens in 2012 and have certainly been welcomed into the Friedens family.