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Keynote Speaker

Kara E. Powell, Ph.D., is widely appreciated for the depth of her challenge to Christian living, both in her publications and in her dynamic speaking presentations.

Powell has served for 10 years as a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and is the executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute. Prior to that, Kara was an assistant professor of youth ministry and practical theology at Azusa Pacific. She earned a Ph.D. in Practical Theology with a focus on pastoral role expectations at Fuller Seminary in 2000, a Master of Divinity from Bethel Theological Seminary in 1994, and a B.A. in Human Biology (with honors) from Stanford University in 1991.

In addition to her roles at Fuller, Powell serves as an advisor in student ministries at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. She was also college pastor at Lake Avenue from 1995–98, and was the associate youth minister at San Diego First Assembly of God from 1991–95. While in college, Powell established an ongoing commitment to church/parachurch partnerships during her time on Young Life student staff in the Stanford area.

Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women to Watch,” Powell is the author or co-author of several Sticky Faith books and the Deep Justice series of books, as well as the Good Sex youth ministry curriculum (Zondervan/Youth Specialties, 2009), Help! I’m a Woman in Youth Ministry (Zondervan/Youth Specialties, 2004) and Mirror, Mirror (Zondervan/Youth Specialties, 2003). She is also a regular speaker at Youth Specialties national youth workers conventions, as well as retreats and conferences across the country. Her areas of expertise include practical theology, youth ministry, family ministry, junior high ministry, leadership development, and youth ministry communication.