Karen Grant

Dr. Karen Grant
Dr. Karen Grant
Professor of Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture
Professor of Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture

Dr. Karen Grant joined the CIU faculty in 2001 and continues to teach Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture courses. Previously she served as the Director of Student Activities at a public university in California (1982 to 1994) and as a youth minister at a church in Rockford, Illinois (1994 to 2001). Dr. Grant currently serves as the College Pastor at Temple Zion Baptist Church. She also serves as Vice-Chair for Bethel Christian Camp’s board of directors.

Dr. Grant enjoys traveling and has ministered cross-culturally in South Africa, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Kenya, and the Philippines. She is a major animal lover and enjoys gardening and kayaking in her backyard pond.


  • DMin, Columbia International University
  • MA, Moody Bible Institute
  • Bible Certificate, Columbia International University
  • MA, California State University, Stanislaus
  • BA, California State University, Chico

Selected Publications

  • Studies on the Go: James, 1–2 Peter, 1–3 John, Zondervan (2014) contributor
  • Youth Ministry: What’s Gone Wrong & How to Get it Right, Abingdon Press (2013) contributor
  • Breaking the Gender Barrier in Youth Ministry, Victor Books (1995) contributor

Awards and Honors

  • SCICU (South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities) Excellence in Teaching Award (2022)