Karina, a born and raised Florida native, graduated from Flagler College with a Bachelors in Special and Elementary Education. Karina began exploring her call to ministry at an Episcopal parish in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Beginning as an intern and then moving into the role as Interim Youth Director, Karina realized that she felt a deep calling to being apart of the voices that are actively working to build a safe, inclusive, and loving space within Youth Ministry.
In May of 2019, she and her partner Troi, moved to Atlanta in order for her to pursue seminary at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. She is currently in the early stages of the candidacy process as she feels called to the ordained ministry of a Deacon in the UMC, and will begin her studies at Candler in the fall of 2020.
She is excited to begin her work at Eastside Church as the Youth Minister as well as partnering with the Eastside Congregational Care Team in welcoming new attendees to our church!
When she isn’t working, Karina loves exploring new parts of Atlanta, diving into her newest book purchase or crossing off another movie from her list with Troi!