Dr. Karen Fancher

Karen Fancher
Dr. Karen Fancher Doctor of Intercultural Studies, M.A., M.A., Certificate of Spanish Studies, B.A.
  • Global Studies
  • MAGDJ Professor



Doctor of Intercultural Studies- Western Seminary; M.A.- Columbia Biblical Seminary; M.A.- Columbia Biblical Seminary; Certificate of Spanish Studies- Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain; B.A.- Washington State University

Favorite Quote

“The reward of the righteous is not the happiness or the power or the honour of this world. It is no other than the fellowship of the cross of Christ.” –Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"It is the most natural thing to be like the person you live with most, therefore live most with Jesus Christ; be absorbingly take up with Him.” –Oswald Chambers

Why I teach at Multnomah

Education at its best empowers us to pursue excellence in all areas of our lives. That philosophy guides our approach to developing a learning community at Multnomah.  I count it a great privilege to invest in men and women who desire to grow in wisdom, knowledge, professional skills and spiritual maturity.  I believe that such students, as they learn to walk in humility and dependence upon the grace of God, can be powerfully used to bring hope and healing to many. I love to witness bold steps faith by those who seek to wholeheartedly invest their lives in engaging in relationships and vocations living in light of that which lasts forever.

Working at Multnomah has allowed me to integrate the disciplines of biblical studies, professional counseling, and intercultural studies, as I seek to help students find a path to use their gifts and passions to invest in God’s redemptive purposes in this world. A wonderful benefit of my role is that as students wrestle with the complexities of engaging the issues of our day with wisdom, their lives encourage me to continue to grow in my understanding of the challenges faced by others, and to consider daily what it means to follow Christ and join in His purposes in this world.

Where I come from

I was born in Eastern Washington, and from a young age was fascinated with a desire to know God and to engage in this world. I studied Russian language in high school, and I received my Bachelor of Arts in Education from Washington State University with a specialization in bilingual/bicultural studies, and a certificate of Spanish Studies from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain. I knew that I wanted to engage cross-culturally, and find ways to grow in my relationship with God and to live out my faith tangibly in service to others. I have served as a bilingual teacher, a missionary (helping to establish a school in Northern Argentina), as a professional counselor, Dean of Students, and Professor. I have also had the privilege to engage with churches in South Sudan, seeking to partner with them in providing community based support for those impacted by the trauma of war, and to foster the work of peace building. I have learned much from those who have persevered with grace in overwhelming circumstances.

Ministry interests outside of Multnomah

I am currently researching community based approaches to promote support and healing for those impacted by the trauma of war, and desire to support churches in Southern Sudan (the world’s newest country!) to be a catalyst of hope and healing as the country rebuilds after decades of civil war. My current passion is to grow in understanding and engaging in the process of peace building, between individuals and communities.  

As followers of Jesus, we are called to respect the dignity of all people, as they are made in the image of God; seeking to create a culture of respect, compassion, justice, and peace. As I have witnessed the evidence of the destruction of war and injustice in this world, I am even more committed to helping to foster relationships which promote peace and reconciliation, and to consider the role of the church in that process.

Someone who inspires me

Some of the men and women from South Sudan who worship God in the midst of suffering, and maintain hope that transcends their current situations. They continue to work to foster peace and healing, and demonstrate grace and love in ways that have deeply impacted my life.

Activities and interests

Hiking, snow skiing, water skiing, travel, and cross-cultural adventures.

Favorite Bible verses

“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 1:38-39).

 “Little children, let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and truth.” 1 John 3:18

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” Mt 5:9