Palmer Youth


Palmer Youth

Click here to read a letter from Jack to our whole congregation.

Click here to read a letter from Jack to youth and their parents.


Online Youth Christian Formation

Weekly Game Night

On Tuesday's we will be continuing our Game Nights! At 6pm we will be gathering on Zoom for a good time for us to get together and have a good time as a community with a few online games! Join by emailing Youth Director David Mathis for the link and password.

Weekly Zoom Bible Study

On Thursdays at 6:00pm we will also have a Zoom Bible Study for the Youth. We will be following the Lectionary as well as looking at this resource. Join by emailing Youth Director David Mathis for the link and password.

Youth Ministry Team 

Jack Karn - Director of Youth Ministries

A passion for service, peace, and God, Jack Karn is the Director of Youth Ministries at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church. Growing up along the Maine seacoast, Jack attended the Foreside Community Church in Falmouth and the Catholic Cheverus High School. There, he developed a love for history and humanity, and went on to receive his BA in History from the University of Maine Farmington. During college, Karn first discovered his calling to youth development and formation through his work as a professional snowboard coach at Carrabassett Valley Academy.

Discerning that God was calling him in a new direction, Jack enrolled in the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT, pursuing an MA in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation. Here, a series of coalescing, providential events and insights finally convinced Jack of his true purpose in life – a servant leader, peacebuilder, and reconciler. He was introduced to the Episcopal Church and quickly fell in love with its liturgical traditions and theology. And his love for cross-cultural encounter, peacemaking, and youth leadership development was affirmed through his work with World Learning Youth Programs and the interfaith, nonprofit organization Jerusalem Peacebuilders (JPB).

Since 2014, Karn has worked with JPB, traveling yearly to the Holy Lands and taking on multiple appointments with the Young Adult Service Corps and Episcopal Volunteers in Mission programs of the Episcopal Church. Living overseas as a foreign missionary in Jerusalem and Nazareth further cemented his faith and understanding of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. His service with JPB has afforded him the privilege of leading hundreds of inspiring young Jewish, Christian, and Muslim leaders through transformational workshops, dialogues, and experiential activities.     

Today, Jack Karn is a Candidate for Holy Orders to the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Vermont. Over the last year, he completed his Clinical Pastoral Education at MD Anderson Cancer Center in the midst on the COVID-19 pandemic. He lives in the heart of Houston with his wonderful fiancé Emma and their little dog Kuzo. In his free time, Jack enjoys bike rides, reading, and gardening.


Roger Hutchison - Director of Christian Formation and Parish Life