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Bishop Kristen Kuempel

Bishop Kristen Kuempel was born and raised in Eastern Washington (with a few years in Montana for good measure). She graduated with a degree in Developmental Psychology from Eastern Washington University, and attended seminary at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. She has worked with congregations in the Twin Cities, North Dakota, Kansas and served most recently as Lead Pastor at First Lutheran Church in Kennewick, Wash.

She is a passionate supporter of campus and outdoor ministries, believing these are two areas where future faith leaders are born―leaders who will be well-equipped to face the changes that are sweeping across our culture and changing our churches in ways we still don't entirely understand. She believes that technology is a tool that can be used to create community among vast distances and across various philosophies, and uses that tool to help foster a needed sense of connection throughout the Northwest Intermountain synod.