Reverend Kari Nicewander, a native of Michigan, earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan and her Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. Her diverse ministry experience in United Church of Christ congregations includes Associate Pastor in Watertown, MA; senior pastor in Manchester, MI; and co-pastor in East Lansing, MI. In January of 2015, she completed a three -year commitment working with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Synod of Zambia, living in Lusaka with her family.
In addition to serving as Senior Minister at Immanuel, she is currently on the Board of Directors for the Racial Justice Ministries of the Connecticut Conference, UCC, as well as the Conference Board of Directors. She has written articles in numerous publications and was a contributing author for Trans-Kin: A Guide for Family and Friends of Transgender People, which won the 2013 International Book Award for Gay and Lesbian Non-Fiction. Kari has worked on issues of racial justice, poverty, LGBT rights, HIV/AIDS, and gender equality in domestic and international contexts, including Zambia, Ethiopia, Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua.