The Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota is pleased to announce the appointment of the Reverend Kim Becker as Regional Coordinator for Episcopal Ministry in Northwestern North Dakota, effective August 1, 2021. This new position is partially funded through a grant from the Roanridge Foundation and includes ministry among five Episcopal Congregations in the Northwest quadrant of North Dakota: All Saints, Minot; Saint Sylvan’s, Dunseith; Saint Paul’s, White Shield; Saint Peter’s, Williston; and Saint Michael & All Angels, Cartwright. The grant envisions enabling these congregations to join together for friendship and support, to learn from one another, to hear and respond to God’s call to for faithful living in five very diverse places. Kim will serve as a resource person for all five congregations, from her home office in Minot.
Of mixed descent, including Cherokee, Kim brings 20 years of ordained ministry experience, most recently in the Diocese of Kentucky, where she was a hospital ICU chaplain and where she also trained with Dr. Catherine Meeks as a racial healing leader. In addition, she has served as rector, supply priest, hospice chaplain, and licensed wellness coach. Kim’s ministry is driven by her fascination with people’s stories and her pastoral gift for meeting people where they are–assisting in meaning-making during hard times and celebration during times of joy. Originally from North Carolina, Kim has also served in the dioceses of Washington and Western North Carolina. Her dad was a priest, canon pastor, and Air Force chaplain. Her mother is an EFM graduate and Daughters Of the King member.
Kim is mom to one grown son, Alex, an artist in Baltimore. She is also a poet whose imagination is already captivated by the wide skies and open plains of North Dakota. She looks forward to serving as a resource for the Northwest region of the Diocese and is eager to get to know the people in this part of God’s creation. In her role as Northwest Regional Ministry Coordinator, Kim will, with the help of our Bishop Provisional, Diocesan Minister, and the diocesan North Dakota School for Ministry (NDSM), help these congregations identify, raise up, and train leaders with gifts and skills appropriate to their diverse settings. She will also provide an additional sacramental and pastoral presence at worship and coordinate the clergy resources presently available in the region.
Please join me in welcoming Kim as she joins us in this new season of ministry in North Dakota. I look forward to working with Kim as a colleague who brings years of experience in the Episcopal Church and a wide variety of skills for equipping leaders and congregations for deeper engagement in God’s reconciling mission. Contact her at NWcoordinator@ndepiscopal.org