Hello! My name is Kristen Howell and I’ve been the Director of Young People’s Ministries here at First UMC since August of 2018. I am so thrilled to be here serving alongside youth and young adults!
My husband, Ryan and I met in high school where we grew up in Olathe, Kansas and now currently live in Lansing, Kansas.  We have two cats, Squeaky and Weasley. I just finished seminary in May of 2019 with a Master of Divinity. I plan to be ordained as a Deacon and will be starting that process soon.  In my free time, I love to read books about theology or Harry Potter, play board games, co-lead a Fresh Expressions ministry in Overland Park, and spend time with my friends.
I am passionate about serving and connecting with the community right outside our doors, creating intentional inter-generational relationships within the church, and finding ways to show God’s love to everyone with whom I come in contact (still working on this one!)

Kristen Howell

Director of Young People’s Ministries



First United Methodist Church of Leavenworth