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In Memory of Pastor Marcia Kline

September 3, 1952 - March 2023

The Rev. Marcia Kathleen Houtman Kline was born on September 3, 1952, one of five children. She graduated from South Dakota State University in 1974 with Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Theater; and 1978 with a Master of Arts Degree in English Literature. Marcia then taught in several positions at colleges in Illinois and Iowa before entering seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, graduating with an MDiv in 1991. Upon receiving a call from American Lutheran Church in Castlewood, South Dakota, Marcia was ordained on February 7, 1993. Following her engagement and marriage to The Rev. Kevin H. Kline in April of 1995, she relocated to Kimball, South Dakota, where she served the Kimball Protestant Parish comprised of Immanuel Lutheran, First Presbyterian, and Kimball Uniter Methodist Churches. Even after her husband’s death in January of 1996, she continued to remain in Kimball until receiving a call to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bishop, TX, in 2002. In 2008 Marcia left parish ministry to do advanced work in CPE with the goal of becoming a hospital chaplain. For the remainder of her ministry, and despite repeated health struggles, Marcia worked at various health care centers in the Corpus Christi area as a chaplain. In those years and beyond her retirement in 2014, she also served under contract with the congregations of St. Paul, Tynan, and Grace, Mathis. Most recently Marcia has been providing support to St. Mark’s, Corpus Christi. Marcia died in her home the week of March 20th. Memorial service plans are pending.

If you wish to send personal cards and words of sympathy to family, cards can be sent to Marcia’s sister:

Eleanor Enright

1077 Sycamore Avenue

Brigham City, UT 84302


We remember Pastor Kline’s family and friends in our prayers and trust that the promise of the Resurrection is true and sure. 

In Christ,

Bishop Sue Briner