Staff Bios


Pastor Karen Crawford

The Rev. Karen Crawford began serving Merritt Island Presbyterian Church in October of 2015.  Karen, a Maryland native, most recently served as a teaching elder at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in rural, southwestern Renville, Minnesota.  Her education includes earning an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, and a B.S. and M.Ed. from Towson University in Towson, Maryland. She worked as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and religion journalist for a daily newspaper before feeling called to attend seminary.  Karen's husband, the Rev. Jim Crawford, is a retired Presbyterian pastor, and they make their home in Melbourne, Florida.  Karen has 3 children (Joshua, 26, Jacob, 24, and James, 22), 2 stepchildren (Danny, 37, and Sarah, 31), a daughter-in-law (Danny’s wife, Hiu-Fai), and an 18-month old granddaughter, Jessi. In her spare time, Karen likes to walk, play piano, read or write, take photographs, tend flowers, bake, and crochet. Jim and Karen enjoy playing music together (Jim plays guitar), dining out, visiting with family and friends, watching English mysteries on public television, and spending time relaxing at home with their sheltie, Pomeranian, and cat --Molly, Mabel and Melvyn.

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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.  In January 2011, she became the bookkeeper.  She also assists with Kids Klub, Sunday School 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 is currently working on her Bachelors in Accounting at Florida Institute of Technology.


Leslie Mitchell, Secretary and Praise Band Director

Leslie is originally from Michigan but has called Florida home for nearly 40 years.  She has been attending 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 in local bands and theaters, and accompanies students at solo & ensemble and drama competition.  In her spare time, Leslie likes to read, watch movies, and has recently taken up running, completing several local 5K races.  She lives in Rockledge and has three grown sons, TJ, Forrest & Sheldon, and two teenage cats, Ziggy and Nala.