Rev. Dr. Karen L. Owens has been appointed Interim Director of The Center for Chaplaincy at HTS. Dr. Owens is an HTS Master of Divinity (M.Div.) graduate (2015, magna cum laude) and an HTS Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) graduate (2019, Highly Distinguished). The title of her D.Min. project was "Developing a Pastoral Care Model for Addicted Women at the Dove's Nest of the Charlotte Rescue Mission, Charlotte, North Carolina." She brings a rich background of competencies and skills from a nearly thirty-year career in Corporate America and Philanthropy as a Trainer. She is a native of Kansas City, Kansas, having received an undergraduate degree from Baker University (Baldwin City, Kansas) and a Master of Arts from Webster University (St. Louis, Missouri).
Dr. Owens began participation in Clinical Pastoral Education (C.P.E.) training at the Carolinas Healthcare System (now Atrium) during her final year of M.Div. studies at HTS. As of June 2019, she has successfully completed additional units of C.P.E. and final chaplaincy requirements while serving at Behavioral Health Davidson (Davidson, North Carolina). She is now Chaplain Board Certified eligible.
Dr. Owens is an ordained member of the Western Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Zion Church, where she serves as Executive Administrator for the Southwest Rocky Mountain Conference and as a Mental Health Coordinator. Residing in Charlotte, North Carolina, she is an active Associate Minister at Greenville Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church (Charlotte, North Carolina) where she facilitates the Tabitha's Daughters Women's Intergenerational Bible Study Series and also leads the newly formed Sisters in the Sacred Space Women's Ministry.