Meet our Pastor

Rev. Karen Wolcott was appointed to Ridgewood United Methodist Church as Senior Pastor on July 1, 2014. She came to Ridgewood after serving as the chaplain for OhioGuidestone (formerly Berea Children’s Home & Family Services) for 16 years. We are honored to welcome Rev. Karen and her family to Ridgewood! Rev. Karen is married to Rick, who is the Director of Communications for the East Ohio Conference. They have two children: Bethany and Brady.

Appointments Served:
OhioGuidestone, Chaplain, 1998-2014
(Administrator of Chaplaincy Services for a large agency)
Willoughby UMC, Associate Pastor, 1995-1998
North Royalton UMC, Student Pastor, 1993-1995

Ministry Gifts:
Listening, Guiding, Pastoral Care, “Planting Seeds of Hope”, Children & Youth Ministries, Leading contemporary worship & spirituality groups

Connectional Responsibilities:
East Ohio Conference Program Committee

Personal Disciplines:
Reading books, singing, spending time by the water, enjoying time with friends and neighbors, taking her weekly day off to rest and relax.

Education:
Master of Divinity (M. Div.), Methodist Theological School of Ohio, 1995
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, Cleveland State University, 1990
James Ford Rhodes High School, Cleveland, OH

Continuing Education:
MTSO: John and Ruth Mount Alumni Award for Specialized Ministry, 2010
United Methodist Association: Chaplain of the Year, 2005

“The role of Clergy, as Spiritual Leader, means that I am to empower laity to serve.
It is important to me that 
whatever I do in worship, that it be grace-centered.”