The Reverend Katherine Haselden Crimm was introduced to the Kingstree United Methodist Church family at the eleven o’clock service on Sunday, June 30, by Staff-Parish Chairman Debbie Ipock; and the children of the church, during their special time, greeted their new minister with a “Welcome” sign and many smiles. Rev. Crimm’s sermon—her first at KUMC—was entitled “Are We Ready” and was based on Luke 9:51-62. The congregation was awed during the first hymn when they realized the new preacher was also a singer!
Rev. Crimm comes to KUMC from the Jordan Charge in Manning, where she has served three congregations for the past three years. She is a graduate of Wofford College and holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Duke University. Her home church is Socastee United Methodist Church. Her husband, Ronald Brent “Rusty” Crimm, whom she married December 28, 2018, is a music teacher at Kingstree Middle School. He is a candidate for his Master of Divinity Degree at Pfeiffer, after which he plans to pursue commissioning as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church. In fact, Mr. Crimm has been appointed as a local pastor for Greeleyville and Lane United Methodist Churches—so Kingstree has a new ministerial team!
“We have been overwhelmed by the warm welcome and the hospitality of the people of Kingstree UMC. I look forward to my time of ministry in this church and the community. Hopefully we will all grow more faithful, loving, and compassionate as we walk this path together,” stated Rev. Crimm.
A Rotarian, the Rev. Crimm has experienced life outside the United States, as well as having worked with various age groups and types of individuals. As part of her Wofford experience, she studied in Bali, Indonesia. During the summer of 2014, as part of her Duke experience, she lived in a Catholic Parish in Uganda with the local priests teaching art, physical education, and religious studies in the parish schools. Another summer she was a Duke intern at Epworth Children’s Home in Columbia teaching, preaching, and building relationships with children who were emotionally, spiritually, and physically vulnerable. Also at Duke, she worked at the Durham VA, engaging with veterans on a daily basis. She credits all these experiences as giving her an understanding of the importance of listening – particularly to those who have experienced significant moral injury.
She believes in learning a congregation’s values and then in encouraging its members to grow based on who they are. In one of her recent churches, a knitting group was formed in 2017 and during the year knitted over 1,000 hats which were distributed to hospitals and children’s homes, local and as far away as Minnesota. She looks forward to discovering the strengths of the KUMC congregation and to celebrating and using these strengths.
Sunday school at KUMC begins at 10 a.m.; Worship services begin at 11 a.m. Visitors are invited and welcomed. For more information and/or to learn about other meetings, opportunities, and ways to serve, contact the pastor or one of other church staff members – Terry Shirer, Church Secretary; Josette Jarrett, Children and Youth Leader; or Ellerbe Ackerman, Music Director -- during weekday mornings at (843) 355-6391 or stop by the church office on Gilland Street. In the meantime, enjoy KUMC’s short bell concert of hymns at noon each day.