About Me

SHARI JACKSON MONSON

I guide leaders who lead the church during seasons of change.  Interim By Design is a place for these leaders to draw inspiration, add their voice to vital conversations,  find and share practical resources, and seek professional coaching.

Currently I serve as Interim Head of Staff/Senior Pastor at John Knox Presbyterian Church. Previously I have served in this role at West Side Presbyterian Church, in West Seattle, at Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church in Spokane, WA, and at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Chehalis, WA.

I am an attentive practitioner of governance. In this season I serve as Chair of the Board of the Thai Christian Foundation and the Secretary on the Board of Medical Teams International. I am also an accomplished ministry strategist whose impact is seen in staffing models, strategic plans, mission studies, vibrant worship, and mission partnerships around the world. My well-worn passport illustrates a passion for bringing hope to people experiencing change, crisis, conflict, or living in poverty.

Life and ministry in the Middle East, South Asia, SE Asia, Central America, and Sub Saharan Africa add a rich global flavor to my perspective on the world. I hold degrees from Seattle Pacific University (BA), Drew University (MA), Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India (post MA), and Fuller Theological Seminary (MDiv). Currently I am a Doctorate of Ministry student at Seattle University where I am researching best practices of intentional interim ministry.    

My husband Craig and I make our home in western Washington. We have a globe-trotting daughter and home-hearth warming son.  

 
 On a fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee.

On a fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee.


Pastor Shari, Thanks be to God for his gifting of you for his service and leading you to be with us at our church! I am so looking forward to your presence and guidance personally and corporately. I am excited for your partnership in your particular roles, together with session, to lead us in worship and service. I feel relief and joy, as well as sweet memories and also some pain as I consider aspects of the transition we are moving further into. Thank you for your decision to be with us for a time now, and in eternity!
— Becky