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Rev. Kim M. Cran 

Senior Pastor: Rev. Kim Mislin Cran

Kim became Senior Pastor of Boise First early in 2009.  A contemplative whose ministry is shaped by Benedictine spirituality, Kim begins each worship service inviting the congregation to greet one another as if greeting Christ – bringing radical hospitality into the heart and soul of worship.  Her persistent invitation to be present, aware, and intentional in response to God’s leading, coupled with encouraging all actions to be aligned with core values, are key aspects of her approach to leadership.  Her work in spiritual direction and spiritual formation provides a lens through which she views her ministry as Senior Pastor.  Nothing gives her greater pleasure than assisting individuals and the congregation in responding to the leading of the Spirit by growing into a deeper, more vibrant life and ministry!

Prior to her ordination in 1993, Kim spent ten years working as an education and youth specialist, and as a hospital chaplain.  Since her ordination in 1993, Kim has worked extensively with churches facing conflict and trauma in regions as geographically diverse as California, New York, and Aberdeenshire, Scotland.  After twenty-two years of ministry with conflicted churches, she is transitioning out of this rewarding ministry, and looks forward to focusing her core passions:  Worship, all-age spiritual formation and pastoral care.

Kim earned her Master of Divinity degree from the General Theological Seminary (1988), where she was also awarded the Seymour Preaching prize (1987).  In 2012 she began the DASD/DMin program at San Francisco Theological Seminary, completing the DASD (Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction) in 2014.  Her dissertation/project will explore the spiritual formation/development of children, and how this process can be enhanced through the use of adapted spiritual direction practices. The children and their families here at Boise First will have the direct benefit of the work and research Kim is now undertaking.   Kim is also a trained “Godly Play” storyteller, and is helping the Boise First Sunday School transition to “Godly Play” for the Fall of 2016.  She will use “Godly Play” storytelling in place of the sermon during many monthly intergenerational worship services during the program year.  

Whether preaching or teaching, telling stories or listening deeply to others, visiting those in distress or addressing injustice - or playing a rousing game of peek-a-boo with a spirited toddler, Kim seeks to listen to our Still Speaking God, and to find ways to make God’s voice more easily heard. She believes the church provides a great environment in which all can listen, be challenged and encouraged to grow and deepen in grace and service, and to go forth to help transform the world with love and justice.  She invites all to join her on this sacred journey!  
Kim shares her thoughts and insights on her blog, Los Ojos del Tejedor (The Eyes of the Weaver).