Karen graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in nursing. She served as assistant director of nursing at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, KY, and later as a faculty member at Creighton University College of Nursing in Omaha, Nebraska. Karen and her husband David have been involved in international missions for 43 years. Karen assisted in developing the short-term missions programs for the flagship church, Southeast Christian Church and Edge Outreach. Her contributions included creating cross-cultural training material, establishing pre-trip team retreats, and mentoring new team leaders. She currently serves on the board of Evergreen Foundation, which supports family oriented children’s homes in Romania. Currently, Karen serves Trueface as the Dean of Faculty for the High Trust Leader Course.
David and Karen met at Asbury college and were married in 1971. They have three children and two grandsons. They all live in Louisville, KY.