Karen graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, AL with a double major in pre-medicine and music. She then graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a Master’s degree in vocal performance. She was the founder, manager, and owner of two music studios and sang opera and classical music professionally; although as the wife of a pastor has served extensively in their various local churches and ministries for twenty years.
She served as volunteer Bible course leader during their years on Princeton University’s campus with Christian Union. Her husband, Dr. Chuck Hetzler is the Senior Associate Leader of Christian Union’s Day and Night ministry and the Senior Pastor of Bethesda Grace Church in NYC, where Karen faithfully serves by his side. Her ministry passions are national revival and women’s ministry.
Karen is the mother of four tween and teenaged children, two of whom are adopted from the Democratic Republic of Congo. She loves watching them all thrive and grow. Besides Sunday mornings, Karen’s favorite part of each week is “Friday night date night” with Chuck every week for twenty years; and what better place to do that than NYC!