Karen Hanson

 Worship & Music Ministry
 Email: krhanson@me.com

Karen Hanson came to United to serve as Director of Worship and Music and Principal Organist in 2003. She grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm and attended Luther College earning a degree in Organ Performance. During a year abroad after college, a call to ordained ministry was persistent enough to cause her to enter Luther Seminary in St. Paul. Ordained in 1985, she has served in parish ministry and as a healthcare chaplain, first at Hennepin County Medical Center, and for the past ten years at the medical center in Red Wing, now part of the Mayo Clinic Health System. Lutheran church music has a wonderful history and tradition and a vibrant future, stirring the soul, voicing the prayer, praise, and yearnings of God’s people, and helping to form and shape the people of God in service to the world. We are very fortunate at United to have beautiful instruments for this purpose and many talented musicians to share in this ministry.