We recently celebrated Karen Patton’s 15th year on staff at Highlands! We’re so grateful for Karen and blessed by the many different ways she serves with faithfulness and excellence, often behind the scenes, in our Children’s and Student Ministries office. Karen plays a key role in supporting our ministry leaders and creating a great experience for children, students and families. She took some time to share with us about her experiences and memories over the years.

What do you find most rewarding about serving on the team at Highlands?
I have always enjoyed working and my position at Highlands has been special in so many ways. I have served alongside many staff members over the years and each has had their own gifts, talents and ways of working, so I’ve never lacked variety in my job. I cherish the friendships and memories with each of them. It is especially wonderful to walk together through life serving the Lord with these special people, laughing, crying, forgiving, and praying for one another.

Any favorite memories or memorable moments at Highlands over the years?
There are so many I can’t come up with one! What a privilege it is to be employed by a church, allowing me to serve the Lord and His people. I have grown as a person and as a follower of Jesus because of this incredible opportunity. The Lord knew what I needed long before I could have imagined it. He knew where I needed to be and what I would need to get through some difficult periods in life. He knew I couldn’t do it without Him, caring friends, and the love of family.

What are some things you enjoy outside of your work at the church?
I love camping, vacationing and spending time with family the most, as well as gardening, art and reading.

Tell us about your family?
I have three daughters! Jessica is the oldest and has three children of her own, two boys and one girl. Kristina is a stay at home mom to two boys. Rebekah is my youngest and also has two boys. I grew up in Renton and my parents, brother, sister and I have been attending church at HCC since about 1955. My mom and I still attend here.

What are you looking forward to? (job related or personal!)
As I’m approaching retirement, I am looking forward to waking up and going to bed when I want, being outside in my garden, taking up art again, and Lord willing seeing a bit more of this beautiful country we live in, and of course more time with my children and grandchildren.