Karen Petersen Finch
Parent of current student
Connection to Whitworth: I first came to Whitworth as Interim Chaplain in 1993-1994, sharing the position with my husband, Kevin Finch. Our daughter, Megan—who is now a Whitworth sophomore—was born just a few days after we took the chaplaincy position. That year of ministry was a turning point in our lives. Kevin and I were ordained to ministry in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. in April of '94 in the Seeley-Mudd Chapel, and it became my dream to earn a Ph.D. and return to Whitworth as a professor of Theology. I finally achieved that goal in fall of 2008, 14 years later.
Favorite thing(s) about Whitworth: What drew me during that first year was the rare combination of deep Christian faith and intellectual courage. I had been looking for that since becoming a Christian at 14; in that light, Whitworth felt like coming home. Secondly, we were immediately surrounded by authentic, thoughtful and light-hearted community, which—as young parents—we greatly needed.
How you give, and why you give back: We do give financially, but most of our giving comes through my work as a professor. Now that Megan is here as a student, I am seeing how Whitworth welcomes and supports students, and that has made me even more grateful for this community.