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Ernest F. Krug, III, Parish Associate

Ernest Krug

Ernest Krug became Parish Associate at Third Church in November 2015 at the recommendation of the Pastor/Head of Staff and with the concurrence of the Session. His purpose is to assist the pastor in whatever ways are helpful. Ernest received his B.A. from Harvard, M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary (N.Y.), and was ordained a teaching elder May 30, 1971. He felt called to have a combined vocation in ministry and medicine and received his M.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His subspecialty is developmental-behavioral pediatrics.

Since being ordained, Ernest has served as parish associate at six churches across the U.S. At First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham (MI) he played a role in helping that church become more inclusive for individuals with disabilities. He serves on the national PDC committee (Presbyterians for Disability Concerns). A physician-ethicist, Ernest developed a longitudinal curriculum in Medical Humanities and Clinical Bioethics for the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, where he was professor of Biomedical Sciences and Pediatrics, retiring from medicine in 2015.

Ernest's interests are in all-ability inclusion, clinical bioethics, and end-of-life issues. He wants to support persons seeking to navigate the health care world in times of illness or other threats to their identity.

Ernest is married to Sarah, who volunteers in many capacities and has a particular interest in social justice. They have three adult children and six grandchildren.

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