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Karen McKinney

Job Title

  • Associate Professor of Biblical Studies
    Biblical & Theological Studies, College of Arts and Sciences

Started at Bethel



  • University of Minnesota - B.A., 1984
  • Fuller Theological Seminary - M.Div., 1990
  • Mankato State University - M.S., 1995
  • University of St. Thomas - Ed.D., 2012

Areas of expertise

Youth ministries and biblical theology, with a special interest in experiential education, anti-racism, and diversity.


Missions are a special area of interest for McKinney, and she has served in a mission capacity in Mexico, Ecuador, Kenya, and Israel. Prior to coming to Bethel she was a youth pastor, youth leadership-training specialist, youth chaplain, training consultant and adult trainer.