Pastor Karen hails from the parish of Hanover in western Jamaica. Immediately upon completion of High School, she heeded the call of God on her life and attended Bethel Bible College where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology with Honours. Rev. Karen then attended the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology where she gained a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology, again with Honours. She later completed certificates with distinctions in Supervisory Management and Speech Writing and Public Speaking from the University of the West Indies.
Rev. Karen Althea comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience within the church and corporate society. She has served as Senior Career Development Officer at HEART Trust/NTA. She has lectured and served for over a decade at Bethel Bible College, Jamaica Theological Seminary (JTS), and the International University of the Caribbean (IUC). She has for many years trained pastors and Christian workers for ministry. She specialized in teaching and tutoring in Greek, Communication Skills, New Testament, and Psychology related courses among numerous others. Pastor Karen has volunteered many hours also to the Ministry of Justice through research at Tower Street Correctional Facility (also known as Gun Court in Kingston, Jamaica) and through psychotherapy at Victim Support Unit in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. Rev. Karen has been intricately involved in community building and church planting.
Pastor Karen currently practices as a Registered Psychotherapist within the Province of Ontario, Canada. She has served in academia as well as in forensic mental health with youth who struggle with criminogenic issues and various mental health concerns. She currently manages a team of clinicians who are committed to changing the trajectory of children’s mental health. Rev. Karen is the founder of Karen Althea Ministries where she conducts weekly live inspirational vlogs on social media. She is also the founder of Karen Althea Psychotherapy where she uses her therapeutic skills to serve youth and adults with various complex traumas and acute mental health challenges, because healing is a great feeling! She is also the founder and Lead Pastor of Haven of Healing Ministries, a place where the wounded are mended. She is the author of the Best Selling book, RISE! Transforming Pain into Pillars of Strength. The book is available for purchase on Amazon. Rev. Karen is an anointed preacher and has developed an international reputation as a gifted and inspirational speaker at numerous formal and social gatherings.