MONTANA NWIAA CHAIRPERSON and NATIONAL SECRETARY
Tracey Karcher, National Secretary and Chairwoman of the SW Montana Chapter, was born in Jacksonville, Florida and grew up in Miami. By the tender age of 8, she was working on a horse ranch in rural Miami-Dade County. She continued working as a professional horsewoman until the age of 48, when she retired and became a pastor with the United Methodist Church.
She served as the assistant pastor at Faithbridge UMC in Blowing Rock, NC from 2008 to 2011, and was the founding director of Casting Bread Ministries (a food and crisis assistance ministry) based there fro 2007 to 2011. After taking a break, she moved to Montana and is now ordained by the National Association of Christian Ministers.
She owns a small farm and is just getting started on living a sustainable lifestyle. Her goal is to produce nearly everything that her family needs, by raising livestock and growing crops using the science of permaculture as a guide. She is still working with horses and is planning an equine physical therapy center in Dillon, Montana.
She is newly married, the fulltime caregiver of an adult son with muscular dystrophy and is very proud of her daughter and family back in North Carolina! Her hearts desire is to work again with the disadvantaged, offering hope for the future. She firmly believes the maxim, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care!”