Shari Prestemon – Conference Minister (Class of 2023) has been the Conference Minister of the Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ since 2013. Previously she served as minister in local churches in Illinois and Wisconsin, before serving as Executive Director of Bay Back Mission in Biloxi, Mississippi from 2000-2013. She also serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of United Theological Seminary in the Twin Cities, as a member of the Cornerstone Fund Board of Directors, and is past Co-Chair of the Common Global Ministries Board of the United Church of Christ and Disciples of Christ. Ms. Prestemon received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in social work from Luther College in 1989. She received a Master of Divinity degree from Chicago Theological Seminary in 1993 and was ordained as a minister that same year. She received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Heidelberg University in May, 2010.