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About

MinistryI’m a little offbeat.

Desire to be more upbeat.

Sometimes march to a different drumbeat.

But always with heartbeat!

I’m married to Mike. We’ve served in ministry for thirty-one years. Initially ministering to students, worship ministry, and the last fourteen years as lead pastor/pastor’s wife to Believers Church in East Tennessee.

I’m passionate about mentoring women and discipleship that helps followers of Christ live with authentic faith in real life.

We have two grown children, Megan and Caleb. The entire family is fond of the expression, “TGIF: Thank God it’s Friday.” We owe Monday an apology.

The Beats

Offbeat as in laying down the expectations of others and my own of the “typical” pastor’s wife. Who has the power to define typical? I’ve come to rest in taking my cue about who I am from the great I AM.

Upbeat as in a desire to look up more often. Fixing my eyes on Jesus as He goes before me and clearly marks the path of this disciple.

Drumbeat as in those beats unfamiliar. Unexpected. Resounding, “you are peculiar, chosen to proclaim the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” I Peter 2:9

Heartbeat as in the driving center and pulse of my life. Christ.

May 30, 2014 at 2:14 pm |


Tammy Kilgore says:

Karen, I truly loved prowling through this website you have created. Tammy

Wendy Michelle collins-ellis says:

I luv reading ur stuff about Jesus our an inspiration to all women!!! I luv & miss u l would luv to see u sum time!!!

karentfriday says:

Thank you Wendy. I appreciate your encouragement. Jesus inspires me! I would love to see you! 🙂

Tammy Young says:

Karen, I have loved reading through your site! Your love for Jesus shines through every word. It was wonderful to meet you today, and I look forward to working with you in the future.

karentfriday says:

Tammy, thank you. I. Am. In. Awe. Of. Jesus. No other way to say it. Christ in me the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27) Enjoyed chatting with you, it was meant to be. Looking forward to ministering along side you through FCA and will be praying for your calling and what God wants to do through you. 🙂

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