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
  • Interim Director of MAC Program



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

It is a joy and honor to work with students who are pursuing a deeper relationship with God and knowledge of His Word. I am humbled to come alongside students as they grow in understanding their identity in Christ and building the foundation for a life of Christian service. As students seek to establish their lives and professional training in Biblical truth, I believe that they can be used powerfully by God to bring hope and healing to our world. I desire to encourage men and women to boldly step out in faith in serving the Lord in missions and ministry.

A blessing of my position is that as I see God at work in and through students throughout the years, I am constantly growing and being challenged in my understanding of God in my relationship with Him.

Where I come from

I grew up in the Northwest, in Richland, Washington. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Education from Washington State University with a specialization in bilingual/bicultural studies and an emphasis in Spanish language. After a year of teaching migrant students, I had the opportunity to live in Madrid, Spain, where I received a Certificate in Spanish Studies from the Universidad Complutense. Upon returning to the United States, I worked as a bilingual teacher for the Pasco School District in Pasco, Washington.

Although I loved teaching children, I felt that God was calling me into full-time ministry. I had the privilege to serve as a missionary in Resistencia, Argentina for three years. There I helped to establish a Christian school, working as the Bible teacher and counselor, as well as participating in local church ministries. As I completed my term in Argentina, I felt God calling me to get further training in Biblical Studies and in gaining skills to support others more effectively in applying that truth as they faced the challenges of life. I received a Graduate Certificate of the Bible from Multnomah Biblical Seminary, as well as a Master of Arts in Counseling and Master of Arts in Bible from Columbia Biblical Seminary in Columbia, S.C. I continue to have a heart for missions, and especially for ministering to those who have experienced the trauma of war. Thus, I completed my Doctor of Missiology Degree from Western Seminary, focused on understanding the impact of war-related trauma in the country of Sudan. I love to learn, and most of all seek to grow in wisdom and understanding step by step, in fellowship with God and the people that He brings into my life.

Ministry interests outside of Multnomah

I am currently researching the impact of war-related trauma in Southern Sudan, 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.

Someone who inspires me

My pastor in Argentina, Alejandro Juzcuck. A humble man of God, who tirelessly serves the church, invests in lives, and loves God with all of his heart. By his example and ministry, he has formed many disciples who are serving God faithfully around the world.

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).

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things that are on the earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col. 3:1-3).