Pastor/ Family Services Director
Karen Puddicombe has been in full time ministry in The Salvation Army since 1990. In the 28 years, (6 in youth ministry in B.C.) and the rest as pastor (Corps Officer) Karen has specific skills in the area of church planting and revitalization. She found ways to connect with all ages and cultural expressions with missional inclusiveness.
Over the years Karen has developed a great passion and skills in the area of connecting with marginalized, displaced and often excluded individuals. She believes every individual regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic background is to be valued and receive a place of belonging within the ministry of The Salvation Army.
Karen has created material to teach teens and adults about the risks of sexual exploitation, has serves on the Territorial Social Justice Committee , facilitated many seminars on Exploitation. On October 24, 2016 Karen oversaw a Northern event called "From Global to Local – Sexual Exploitation Forum" This event will provide an inclusive environment for all individuals to receive education from experiential Sex workers, Victor Malerik from W5 of the global perspective, the impact of Pornography in our society, and guests from Local police/RCMP.
Karen is presently working on a Master’s Degree in Counselling from Providence Seminary.
In October 2016 Karen was diagnosed with breast cancer and in November that year underwent a mastectomy. From January 2017 – August 2017 she went through 8 chemotherapy treatments and 28 Radiation treatment. As a breast cancer survivor – Karen moves forward by the grace of God and the continued strength of her amazing family.
Karen has been blessed to be married to Mike for 30 years and to be partners in ministry. She has 3 beautiful adult children and two son in laws. She is extremely excited for April 2018 when she becomes a Nana for the first time to a little princess. God is good
Drinking tea and talking with family
Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you. Isaiah 41:10 (The Message)
People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.