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‘City kids’ learned to love rural life and people

When they accepted the call of the rural Immanuel Zion Lutheran Church in Boone County in June of 2008, “city kids” Pastor Mike Kern and his wife, Alison, began learning the realities of rural living.
The Kern family includes (l.-r.) Noah, Mike, Sarah and Alison.
The Kern family includes (l.-r.) Noah, Mike, Sarah and Alison.
When they accepted the call of the rural Immanuel Zion Lutheran Church in Boone County in June of 2008, “city kids” Pastor Mike Kern and his wife, Alison, began learning the realities of rural living.
Gravel roads, 11 miles to town, and neighbors two miles away helped expand the horizons of ‘country’ and family for them.
“We moved here from a one bedroom apartment, just the two of us,” said Alison. “We fit it all into one U Haul that we drove ourselves out here.” She was afraid to drive on the gravel roads at first.
Pastor Mike missed the five-minute walk from their apartment to a 24-hour grocery store, while for Alison, who was used to having next door neighbors, “…it felt very isolated at first,” she said. They have spent the last eight years serving a rural church, and are now moving to the Kansas City area, where Pastor Mike will serve a church at the edge of the city.
See Feature by Twylla Crosby in this week’s Albion News Print and E-Editions.