Karen grew up in a small town in southeast Kansas and was raised in the Nazarene church. She was saved at an early age at kid’s camp, but it wasn’t until many years later as an adult that she fully surrendered her life to Jesus. In September of 1978 she moved to Chanute, after marrying her high school sweet heart Randy Almond. They have 4 children and 10 grandchildren. Karen has been an active member of the church for many years, in areas such as Missions, Youth Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Children’s Director as well as other areas of the church. Also, Karen was Director for the Church’s Learning Centers, Brighter Beginnings and Brighter Beginnings Bldg II for a combined total of almost 20 years before coming on Staff to her current position as Community Care Coordinator for the Church.