Karen L. Owens

Director, Center For Chaplaincy and Strategic Research, Adjunct Faculty, Spiritual/Pastoral Theology and Care


  • Chaplaincy (Behavioral Health)
  • Pastoral Care and Theology
  • Women’s Ministries Facilitation and Workshops
  • Spiritual Formation


  • Bachelor of Science in Management, Baker University; Baldwin City, Kansas
  • Master of Arts, Human Resources Development, Webster University; St. Louis, Missouri
  • Master of Divinity, Hood Theological Seminary; Salisbury, North Carolina
  • Doctor of Ministry, Hood Theological Seminary; Salisbury, North Carolina
  • Certified in Clinical Pastoral Education (4 units) from the Association of Clinical Pastoral Educators (ACPE)
Rev. Dr. Karen Lenora Owens was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas, and moved to North Carolina in 2004. She holds the B.S.M., M.A., M.Div., and D.Min. degrees. Her doctoral dissertation titled: Developing a Pastoral Care Model at the Dove’s Nest of the Charlotte Rescue Mission for Women Addicted to Drugs and Alcohol, determined if an aspect of pastoral care was integral to the healing and restoration of addicted women.

Currently, she serves as a member of the Chaplain’s Professional Advisory Group for the Northeast Division of the Atrium Healthcare system. She is the Director of the Center For Chaplaincy at Hood Theological Seminary, Director of Strategic Research, and Adjunct Professor in Spiritual/Pastoral Theology.

Dr. Karen Owens retired following a nearly thirty-year career in Corporate America and Philanthropy, primarily as a Corporate Trainer, working across diverse landscapes.


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