Rev. Kristy roberts farber
MIPC looks forward to welcoming Rev. Kristy Roberts Farber and her family in late February, 2016.
Kristy grew up in Kirkland, Washington with two older brothers, amazing parents and a loving church community. She graduated from the University of Washington in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Speech Communication. After receiving a Master's degree in Teaching from Seattle University in 2001, she taught Honors Composition and Literature, and American Literature, at Newport High School in Bellevue, Washington.
During her college years, Kristy was involved in the INN, University Presbyterian Church’s campus ministry. After college, she worked as an outdoor guide with Beyond Malibu, the Young Life wilderness adventure ministry. Kristy continues her support of Beyond Malibu by providing bible study and content review for current guides.
In 2002, Kristy returned to ministry work. She served as Ministry Coordinator and then Associate Director of Tacoma College Ministry (TCM) before being promoted to Executive Director in 2005. Kristy’s work focused on “developing deep, theologically rich and culturally significant content for sermons and classes and small groups," as well as the care and nurture of staff and pastoral care.
In 2007, Kristy was awarded the Presbyterian Leadership Award from Princeton Theological Seminary where she completed her Master of Divinity (M. Div.) in 2010. Upon graduation, she was called by Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Asheville, North Carolina to serve as an Associate Pastor. At GCPC, Kristy played an active role preaching, teaching, co-leading worship services and providing pastoral care. She also served as Head of Staff for the interim period following the senior pastor's acceptance of a new call.
Kristy is interested in the topic of ministry in the 21st century and what that might look like. She has attended conferences on the topic, both as a guest and a keynote speaker. “People have less time to devote to their church. We need not fear these new realities, rather, we need to look honestly at the world as it is today and figure out together where to go next. None of this is easy, but I see it as an exciting challenge for the church of the 21st Century.” Kristy is also interested in building interfaith relationships through her involvement with the Macedonia Ministry Group, a group of interdenominational pastors who meet monthly to help local congregations and communities.
Kristy has been married for 8 years to Seth Farber and they have two children, Maya (age 4) and Sam (age 2). Seth grew up in Palo Alto, California. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Puget Sound, and received his Master’s in Church History from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He is the primary caregiver to Maya and Sam and spends much of his time teaching them to speak Spanish and dunk on their three-foot basketball hoop.
“Maya and Sam love being part of a church family. They especially love listening to our wonderful choir sing as well as hearing the organ!” says Kristy.