Kara E. Powell

Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute and Assistant Professor of Youth and Family MinistrySchool of Theology

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BA, Stanford University
MDiv, Bethel Theological Seminary
PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary

Kara E. Powell, who joined the faculty in 2003, is the executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. Prior to that, Kara was an assistant professor of youth ministry and practical theology at Azusa Pacific University. She completed her PhD in Practical Theology from Fuller Seminary with a focus on pastoral role expectations in 2000, an MDiv from Bethel Theological Seminary in 1994, and a BA in human biology, graduating with honors from Stanford University in 1991.

In addition to her roles at Fuller Seminary, Kara currently serves as an advisor to Youth Specialties and volunteers in student ministries at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. She was also college pastor at Lake Avenue Church from 1995 to 1998 and was the associate youth minister at San Diego First Assembly of God from 1991 to 1995. During college, Kara gained an ongoing commitment to church/parachurch partnerships during her time on Young Life Student Staff in the Stanford area.

Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women to Watch,” Kara is the author or co-author of four Sticky Faith books or curriculum (2011 and 2012), Essential Leadership: Training Onramps for Your Youth Ministry Team (2010), Deep Justice Journeys (2009), Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum (2009), Deep Justice in a Broken World (2008), Deep Ministry in a Shallow World (2006), Help! I’m a Woman in Youth Ministry (2004) and Mirror, Mirror (2003). Kara is also a regular speaker at Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Conventions, the Orange Conference, the Simply Youth Ministry Conference, as well as retreats and conferences across the country.

Powell lives in Pasadena with her husband, Dave, who is a medical device engineer, and their children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica.

Courses Taught

  • YF507: Youth Ministry Communication
  • YF519: Adolescent Faith Longevity

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Practical theology, youth ministry, family ministry, junior high ministry, leadership development, youth ministry communication

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