Rev. Jim Head-Corliss
Hi, I’m Pastor Jim Head-Corliss.
If you are new to the church, let me tell you a bit about us.
The heart of the matter is this:
we are a group of people of all ages, all shapes, sizes, and kinds, doing our very best
to Love God and to love our neighbors.
One of the ways we express this love is through worship because our God is truly amazing!
God created everything, great and small. God’s love is incredible, powerful, and unconditional.
So, worship is really important to us. We also spend time looking into God’s
word in the Bible for practical teaching, looking for God’s path in our everyday lives.
But following Jesus doesn’t end when our worship is finished.
Throughout the week we gather in groups to serve, pray, reach out to our community, and sometimes just to hangout and have fun together.
Look, we know that life is full of challenges.
No one here at our church is perfect. This is one of the reasons that God has brought us together. We’re all here to help and support each other through each step of life’s journey because no one should have to travel alone.
It is a real blessing to be part of the Kent UMC team. I was fortunate to have wonderful youth leaders in my teens, who walked alongside me as I grew in faith. Because of God's grace the mark they made on my life, I've always felt a deep calling to do the same for others.
Having served students and parents for the past 15 years, I have a BA in Church Music and Youth Ministry from Point Loma Nazarene University, and am working towards an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary.
I'm passionate about helping students become excited about their faith, equipping them to grow and serve as disciples, and encouraging them as they discover that the Church is a place they can call home.
At Kent UMC we have an amazing team of youth leaders and a congregation who truly love our students, walking alongside each one as they learn to see God at work in whatever they face throughout their week. I hope you'll come and check out our youth program. We're looking forward to meeting you!
I was born and raised in the Seattle area, in a loving Christian home. My husband, John, and I were high school sweethearts and have been married for 36 years. We have two sons, Dan (30) and Keith (25) – our home has always been a very active place! We moved to Kent in 1987, and joined KUMC in 1996. At the time, we were looking for a church with vibrant children’s and music ministries, and we found that here – and much more!
My professional background is in business management and human resources, plus I have a strong history in working with non-profit groups. In 2004, I left corporate life to become self-employed, and to focus more time on my family. I have taught music lessons for many years, maintained a papercrafting and card making business, and for the last 8 seasons have been Executive Director of the Rainier Chorale.
I love things that are creative (music and papercrafting), things that have a story (antiques and genealogy), and time spent with family and friends – especially a long chat over a cup of tea or coffee.
Many of you know me for what I do – musician, study leader, and children’s volunteer among other things. I am excited to tell you more about who I AM . . . a follower of Jesus Christ and daughter of the King! My faith journey has been greatly influenced by many of you, and I am blessed and grateful for those who have walked along side me. In the coming weeks, I look forward to walking beside you, hearing your stories, and growing in Christ together!
Director of Children's Discipleship
I was born and raised in the City of Kent, a Kent Meridian High School Alumni. A true Washington State University Cougar at heart, I graduated with a BA in Business Management, minor in Computer Science, and my Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources. Upon graduation, I worked in the Office of Admissions for WSU recruiting future Cougs! In 1992, I finally left Pullman, and worked for SAFECO and Boeing in Human Resources. Eventually, Sydney and Joey came along, and I decided it was time to stay home with the kids. Finding it hard to sit still, I became very active as a PTSA volunteer at Emerald Park Elementary, Meeker Middle School and Kentridge High School. I am currently the KR Boys Soccer Booster Rep, Slammers Web Page Focal, and Music Program volunteer. I also sit on the Kent Food Bank Board of Directors and the West Creek Meadows Homeowners Association Board of Directors.
My daughter, Sydney, is graduating from Kentridge High School this year, and will be attending WSU in the fall. (Mom had no influence in that decision. 😊) She loves Fast Pitch, Soccer, and plays the piano and clarinet. Joey will be a Sophomore at Kentridge High School next year, and plays soccer for Kentridge and the Rainier Valley Slammers, the piano, the trumpet in the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band. He earned his Eagle Scout this year, and remains involved with his troop. My husband, Joe, works for Boeing, and enjoys bike riding, and wood working.
For fun, I enjoy rubber stamping, card making, and exercising. I compete in one Triathlon a year, thanks to my buddy Karen, who got us started 10 years ago!
I have been a part of Kent United Methodist since the 3rd grade. I met my best friend, went through Confirmation, had my Baccalaureate, got married, and baptized my children here. I have taught 1st and 2nd grade Sunday School and Vacation Bible School Classes, and loved becoming the Music Leader for VBS. It is a true joy to sing with the kids!
I am so excited to have this opportunity to come back home to serve at KUMC, the church that has given me so much my whole life. There are such exciting things happening here, and such wonderful people. I had asked God to guide me into my next adventure, and he has answered my prayers!