Rev. Kris Lyn Borns

Born into a large Scandinavian family in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Rev. Kris Borns has been surrounded by Christ her entire life. Having spent most of her childhood summers on her grandparents’ farm, Kris grew in her faith through loving examples by her parents and grandparents. Her father, Albert, was the pastor for St. John United Church of Christ in New Holstein for 22 years.

Kris pursued a career as an angel of mercy… a registered nurse. In that role, she spent the majority of her time caring for elderly in a long term care facility. After many years of doing what she enjoyed, Kris was met with a rare, congenitel and debilitating spinal condition. She soon found herself in a full-body cast and could no longer flourish in a career as a nurse.  After enduring a life-threatening, 13½ hour surgery, Kris found herself in a most humbling position.

It was during this time that our Lord and Savior spoke His clearest and set Kris on the most challenging journey she would ever face. Like her great uncle, uncle and her father, she set out to attend North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. It was a challenge for a woman donning a full-body cast, as North Park was not yet handicapped accessible. Her determination prevailed and she graduated in May 1998. She was the 4th generation of her family to attend North Park and the family’s first female graduate. She was ordained in December 1998 at the church her family called home, St. John UCC.

Her first flock was at Faith United Church of Christ in Slinger, WI, where she put her theological studies to the test. She particularly enjoyed the view of Holy Hill from the church windows.  She served the Slinger community from 1998 until she joined us here at Peace in 2009.

Kris radiates God’s loving peace. In good times and bad, she will always greet you with a warm smile, compassionate embrace and genuine excitement.  Spending time with church members before service and again with them during coffee hour, Rev. Kris not only leads Sunday worship, but gives you a sense that you have returned home after a long journey.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you,  plans to give you hope and a future.”   Jeremiah 29:11