Staff Bios


Pastor Karen Crawford

The Rev. Karen Crawford has served as pastor/head of staff of Merritt Island Presbyterian Church since October 2015. Karen, a Maryland native, served as chaplain of Codorus State Park in Hanover, Pennsylvania, and pastor of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in rural, southwestern Renville, Minnesota, before accepting the call to MIPC. Her education includes earning an M.Div. (2010) from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, and a B.S. (1989) and M.Ed. (1997) from Towson University in Towson, Maryland. She worked as a classroom teacher, reading specialist and religion and feature writer for the York Daily Record/Sunday News in York, Pennsylvania, before attending seminary. Karen’s husband, the Rev. Dr. Jim Crawford, is a “retired” PC (USA) pastor, who serves as our parish associate. They make their home in Melbourne, Florida, with son, Jacob, and a dog and cat--Mabel and Melvyn. They have five grown children, a daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters, Jessie and Madeline. Karen, in addition to leading worship and preaching, enjoys playing piano in our Praise Band, singing in our Chancel Choir, leading weekly chapel with Jim for the MIPC Preschool, crocheting with Heavenly Handmade, praying with the elementary school children in our Kids Klub performing arts group, and visiting and bringing communion to our homebound members. 

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Kelly Franklin, Bookkeeper

Kelly was born in New Jersey and moved to Florida shortly after, where she grew up in Tampa.  She married her husband, Travis, in 2002, here at MIPC.  They moved around the state for a few years and settled in Brevard County in 2008.  Kelly began working at MIPC in the church nursery on Sunday mornings, and has been our bookkeeper since January 2011.  She also assists with Kids Klub, Sunday School, the Preschool, VBS, and many other aspects of MIPC.

Kelly and Travis have three children: Matthew, Ashleigh, and Luke.  In her spare time, she likes to read, watch movies and take her kids to the park.  Kelly has recently earned a Bachelors in Accounting from Florida Institute of Technology.


Chad McClellan, Chancel Choir Director

Chad McClellan is a graduate of Rollins College where he studied vocal performance and conducting. Chad currently teaches chorus and piano at Piedmont Lakes Middle School in Apopka, Florida and serves as Chancel Choir director at Merritt Island Presbyterian Church. He is also in his second term as the president of the board of directors for the Garden Community Choir, Inc. In 2008, he formed Sounds Like Chicken A Cappella, an all male vocal group that performs throughout the Central Florida area.

In 2011, he was the founding president of the Sigma Eta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the nation's largest music fraternity. He is also a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Florida Vocal Association, Florida Music Educators Association, and Barbershop Harmony Society, and is a Big Brother in Big Brother Big Sisters of America.

Chad enjoys singing, cooking, fishing, archery, movies, writing, and spending time with his chihuahua Pickles.


Leslie Mitchell, Secretary and Praise Band Director

Leslie is originally from Michigan but has called Florida home for more than 40 years.  She has attended MIPC since 1977 and became the Praise Band director when we first started our contemporary service in 1997.  In 2014 she took on the added responsibility of being the church secretary.  She holds a BS in Hospitality Management from Florida International University and has many years experience in both the business and music industries.  She regularly plays keyboard for local bands and theaters, and accompanies students at solo & ensemble and drama competition.  In her spare time, Leslie likes to read, watch movies, and run in local 5K races.  She lives in Rockledge and has three grown sons, TJ, Forrest & Sheldon; two daughters-in-law; and two teenage cats, Ziggy and Nala.