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Shari joins John Knox Presbyterian as our Interim Sr. Pastor on August 15, 2018. Below is some information on Shari’s background. We are very much looking forward to having her lead through our next season as we continue our mission of “Shaping generations to lead lives that reveal God’s grace.”
Shari grew up in Renton, WA where she was active in church and Youth Life. She received her BA in Political Science and European Studies from Seattle Pacific University. After a season in Washington DC, she earned a Master’s degree in International Affairs at Drew University. Shortly after completing post graduate study in New Delhi, India, Shari met her husband Craig in Alaska. Gig Harbor is home base for the Monson family. Here she served as Minister for Missions, Operations, and Strategy at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church for many years. During this time she earned her MDiv at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Shari feels a deep calling to serve congregations in the midst of change as an intentional interim pastor. She has served as Interim Head of Staff/Sr. Pastor in Chehalis, WA at Westminster Presbyterian Church, in Spokane, WA at Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church, and most recently in West Seattle at West Side Presbyterian Church. Her well-worn passport illustrates a passion for bringing hope to people experiencing change, crisis, conflict, or living in poverty. Recently she led a Thai Folk Drama Troupe to minister in the Holy Land bring a Gospel message of hope for healing and reconciliation to diverse audiences in Israel and the West Bank. She serves on the Board of Directors at Medical Teams International, and is President of the Board of the Thai Christian Foundation.